A Look Back At the Most Memorable Royal Pregnancy Announcements

In honor of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announcing their second pregnancy.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry pregnancy announcement

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry practically broke the internet last Sunday over their exciting news of their second pregnancy! A spokesperson confirmed the pregnancy with a sweet black-and-white photo of the Duke and Duchess lounging outside by a tree.

"We can confirm that Archie is going to be a big brother,” the statement said. “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are overjoyed to be expecting their second child."

Not only was the date special because it was Valentine’s Day, it also paid tribute to Harry’s late mother Princess Diana. 

Plus, given that the couple quit royal life nearly a year ago, and most recently announced that they will not be returning to their roles and are having their honorary duties stripped, their announcement was able to be more personal than their announcement with Archie was — and any other royal pregnancy announcement at that. 

So we’re taking a look back at past, most memorable royal pregnancy announcements. Read on to reminisce about all your favorite royal babies and when their exciting news broke.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

Meghan Markle Pregnant

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Second Child

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's most recent pregnancy announcement from February 14, 2021, was one of the most personal announcements to date.

"We can confirm that Archie is going to be a big brother,” the statement said. “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are overjoyed to be expecting their second child."

The photo was taken by the couple’s longtime friend and photographer Misan Harriman, who posted the picture to social media.

“Meg, I was there at your wedding to witness this love story begin, and my friend, I am honoured to capture it grow,” wrote Harriman. “Congratulations to The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on this joyous news!”

The announcement doubled as a tribute to Princess Diana — it came exactly 37 years after (to the day!) Princess Di announced her pregnancy with Harry. 

Markle also subtly paid tribute to her son Archie by wearing a floor-length Carolina Herrera dress that was made for her while she was pregnant with her first born. And we can’t wait to see more chic pregnancy looks like this one.

Prince Archie

The couple’s first pregnancy announcement was a bit different than their most recent. In October 2018, Buckingham Palace put out a statement that read, “Their Royal Highnesses are very pleased to announce that the Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in spring 2019. Their Royal Highnesses very much appreciate all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share their happy news. The Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, and Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted for the couple. Ms Doria Ragland is very happy about the lovely news and she looks forward to welcoming her first grandchild.”

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank

In September 2020, the Queen’s granddaughter took to Instagram to share some exciting news. She posted a picture of little baby slippers alongside a picture of her and Jack writing, “Jack and I are so excited for early 2021....”

On Feb. 9, the couple welcomed a baby boy into the royal family. Eugenie shared the news with the sweetest black-and-white photo of her new son’s hand with three blue hearts as her caption.

Kate Middleton and Prince William 

Kate Middleton Pregnant

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All three of Kate’s announcements were much more formal than Sussex’s most recent announcement. But there was one pregnancy that was announced before the Royal Family wanted it to be. 

Prince George

In 2012, when Middleton became pregnant with George, she was hospitalized for hyperemesis gravidarum and acute nausea. She and Prince William knew they’d have to announce before the rest of the world started speculating about her admittance to the hospital. At the time, she was only about 10 weeks along. It’s thought that they wanted to wait until after Christmas to announce the news but her hospitalization threw a wrench in that plan.

Princess Charlotte

In 2014, the Clarence House confirmed Kate’s pregnancy. The announcement was made earlier than usually is recommended to share the pregnancy, but because Kate was experiencing severe morning sickness again as she did in her first pregnancy, they shared the news to excuse her from events.

"Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their second child.

"The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news.

"As with her first pregnancy, The Duchess is suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum. Her Royal Highness will no longer accompany The Duke of Cambridge on their planned engagement in Oxford today. The Duchess of Cambridge is being treated by doctors at Kensington Palace."

Prince Louis

In September 2017, Kate and Prince William announced they were pregnant with their third child. 

“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their third child,” read a statement tweeted out by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s account.

Princess Diana and Prince Charles

Princess Di Pregnant

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Prince William

Of course, in the ‘80s, there was no way to tweet out a pregnancy announcement or post it to the ‘Gram. So when Princess Di was pregnant with Prince William in 1981, the Palace released a statement reading, “The Prince and Princess of Wales, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, and members of both families are delighted by the news. The princess is in excellent health.”

According to Marie Claire, Diana also allegedly spoke openly about her pregnancy with the press — a first for any royal. The news came four months after the couple’s wedding.

Prince Harry 

Princess Di’s pregnancy with Prince Harry was also announced in February just 37 years earlier. The Palace announced the news on Feb. 13, but the announcement was plastered all over papers on Valentine’s Day — making Meghan and Prince Harry’s Valentine’s Day announcement so meaningful.

An archived newspaper reveals the statement from the Palace that reads, “The baby, which will be third in line to the throne, will be born in late September. Just after Diana’s 23rd birthday.”

Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew

Fergie Pregnant

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Princess Beatrice

Sarah’s pregnancy with Princess Beatrice was actually announced while she was in a flying lesson. It read: “The duke and duchess of York are very pleased to announce that the duchess is expecting a baby in August.”

Princess Eugenie

It was announced that Ferguson was expecting a second child in 1989. They welcomed Princess Eugenie in March 1990.

Zara Tindall and Mike Tindall

Zara Pregnant

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Mia Tindall

Princess Anne’s daughter, and Queen Elizabeth’s granddaughter, Zara and her husband rugby player Mike Tindall announced their pregnancy with their first child in 2015 through a statement put out by the family. “Mr and Mrs Mike Tindall are very pleased to announce that Zara Tindall is expecting a baby in the New Year,” the statement read. “The Princess Royal and Captain Mark Phillips, Mr Phillip and Mrs Linda Tindall, and members of both families are delighted with the news. This baby will be the first child for Mike and Zara and the third grandchild for The Princess Royal.”

Lena Tindall

In 2018, Zara and Mike announced they were pregnant with their second child, following a miscarriage. A spokesperson for Buckingham Palaced confirmed that the Queen and the family were “very pleased.” about this announcement.

Baby Number Three

The couple announced they are expecting their third child in December 2020, in a much less traditional way. Mike made the announcement during his podcast, The Good The Bad and The Rugby.

"It's been a good week for me, had a little scan last week — third Tindall on its way,” he said. He added that after two girls he was hoping for a boy. "I'll love it whether a boy or a girl — but please be a boy."

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip with kids

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Prince Charles

Queen Elizabeth’s pregnancy announcement in 1948 was very, very different from Meghan and Prince Harry’s most recent announcement. Back then, things were even more formal than protocol today. In fact, they didn’t even distinctly state that Elizabeth was pregnant with a potential heir to the throne. The statement put out by the Palace read, "Her Royal Highness the Princess Elizabeth will undertake no public engagements after the end of June.” This announcement came nearly one year after the couple’s nuptials.

Princess Anne

The queen’s pregnancy with Princess Anne was announced in quite the same manner: very vague just excusing the queen from events and appearances.

Prince Andrew

10 years after the birth of Princess Anne, the Queen announced she was pregnant with her third child — her first child to be born while she was actually serving as queen. Prince Philip was off on a cruise through the South Atlantic when the news was announced, but his response to the third baby was less than enthusiastic. 

“People want their first child very much,” he said. “They want the second almost as much. If a third comes along they accept it as natural, even if they haven’t gone out of their way for it.”

Prince Edward

In 1963, the announcement of Her Majesty’s pregnancy with Prince Edward was quite similarly lackluster to the previous ones stating that the queen would be taking time off.

Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden

Princess Sofia Pregnant

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In December 2020, the Swedish royals revealed that they are pregnant with their third child.

"We are happy and excited, and are looking forward to welcoming our third child — a sibling for Prince Alexander and Prince Gabriel, and a new addition to our family," they announced in a statement.

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