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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry break tradition as miscarriage forced cautious approach

Meghan Markle 'cautious' of baby announcement says expert

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Royal commentator Dickie Arbiter reflected on the news that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were expecting a second child. While speaking on BBC Breakfast, Mr Arbiter noted that in the picture released with the announcement Meghan looks significantly pregnant. He said the royal couple could be expecting the birth of their child in May or possibly June.

He said the royal couple could be expecting the birth of their child in May or possibly June.

Mr Arbiter noted that it was a tradition for Royal Family members to announce they were expecting a child typically two or three months into pregnancy.

He said the Harry and Meghan likely ignored this rule due to their experience with a miscarriage in 2020, he added the couple would have wanted to be cautious about announcing the child and waited and until they were sure of the baby.

BBC Breakfast host Louise Minchin said: “This Valentine’s Day announcement is exactly 37 years after Princess Diana told the press about Prince Harry.

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“Do you think that was a coincidence?”

Mr Arbiter replied: “I think it probably was a coincidence.

“I think Meghan Markle and Prince Harry really wanted to be sure about the pregnancy.

“You have got to remember that Meghan said way back in November in the New York Times that she had miscarried in July.

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“I think Harry and Meghan wanted to be sure and go beyond the sort of three months when it is normal to announce the birth and go a bit longer.

“I think it was a mix of coincidence abut also them being absolutely sure that the baby was there.”

The royal expert also praised the couple for the way in which they announced the pregnancy.

He noted that Meghan and Harry were free to behave how they pleased now that they are not working senior royals. 

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He said: “Meghan and Harry do their own thing in their own way.

“They are not covered by the constraints of Buckingham Palace on when to do it or how to do it.

“I think they have done it rather well, releasing a photograph like that.”

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