Prince Harry is “delighted the secret is finally out” that his wife Meghan is expecting a baby – after swearing friends to secrecy for weeks.
The Duke of Sussex told close pals he was “absolutely overjoyed” to finally share the news with the world, after the couple announced on Valentine’s Day that Meghan is pregnant.
One source revealed: “Harry excitedly messaged a whole host of his friends a few weeks ago saying that Meghan was pregnant and that the two of them were thrilled to bits.
“He had them all sworn to secrecy though so he’s absolutely overjoyed to finally share the news with the world.
“This was quite some time before the announcement at the weekend.
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“Harry was practically on cloud nine.
“He was so happy at letting them all know and sharing in their happiness.”
The couple are planning to launch their foundation Archwell this spring with a series of announcements from collaborations with charities to new podcasts on Spotify after signing a £30million deal with the streaming giant.
Their new baby is thought to be expected in late spring / early summer, with suggestions that Meghan is between five and seven months pregnant.
Speculation that Meghan might be expecting began more than three months ago when she requested a nine month delay in her High Court action against Associated Newspapers, citing a “confidential ground”.
The Duchess last week won the main part of the lawsuit after the judge ruled there had been an invasion of her privacy following the publication of a letter she wrote to her estranged father, Thomas.
After a miscarriage last year, which she bravely revealed in an op-ed in the New York Times, Meghan told friends and family that she did not want to fly to the UK to face a possible trial and instead has been “nesting” at home.
Harry is hoping to return to the UK this summer, to take part in the Trooping the Colour in London and attend any celebrations for the Queen’s 95th birthday and the Duke of Edinburgh’s 100th – all in June.
On July 1, together with his brother Prince William, Harry is expected to attend an unveiling ceremony for a new statue of their mother Princess Diana, erected in the grounds of Kensington Palace.
However, with travel restrictions still in place plans are still “very much up in the air” for Harry and the rest of the royals’ plans.
Meghan is understood to not be planning on travelling to the UK due to her impending birth.
Royal sources confirmed the couple told senior members of the royal family weeks ago, including the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William.
Meghan is understood to have shared the news with her mum some months ago.
Buckingham Palace said last night the royals were “delighted” with the news.
Our source added: “After a year of upending their life to move over to Canada and then to the US, then with their various legal battles, Harry and Meghan just want to look forward to concentrating on their life as a family.”
Harry and Meghan have already decided like their son Archie, their new addition will not take a title and will simply be known as Master or Miss Mountbatten Windsor.
Bookies have slashed the odds of the baby being named Diana if a girl, currently at 6/1 while it’s 12/1 that Doria is the name of choice.
Alfie and Alexandra lead the betting currently at 4/1 apiece, but Grace/Gracie (6/1) and Albert (8/1) are also proving popular bets.
Harry and Meghan’s announcement was publicised round the world with a picture taken by their long-time friend and photographer Misan Harriman – who shot the iconic image on an iPad.
The black and white image shows the couple sat under a tree in Los Angeles – while Mr Harriman was directing remotely from London – with Harry resting his hand on Meghan’s head as she lay in his lap cradling her bump.
Mr Harriman is the first black male photographer to shoot a British Vogue cover – and the first to shoot its September issue – in its 105-year history.
The activist-themed cover in 2020 featured England footballer Marcus Rashford and model Adwoa Aboah, with Mr Harriman working with a predominantly black team on set.
A year before, the Duchess of Sussex guest edited the September issue, which is traditionally the fashion bible’s most important of the year.
Speaking to British Vogue following the baby announcement, Mr Harriman said: “To be asked to help share this absolute joy after such an unimaginable loss and heartache is a marker of true friendship.
“Meg reminded me that had I not introduced her to a mutual friend then she wouldn’t have met Harry.
“I’m grateful for whatever small part I played.”
-- to www.mirror.co.uk