Harry and Meghan pregnancy: Not being working royals allowed Sussexes to keep baby news quieter for longer

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With Meghan lying on the grass with her head in Harry's lap, they couldn't look happier to share their news with the world.

Their spokesperson confirming: "Archie is going to be a big brother. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are overjoyed to be expecting their second child."

As they've settled into their new life in America, it has been clear they wanted to expand their family.

In November, Meghan wrote about their trauma at losing a child due to a miscarriage in the summer, saying they wanted to help end the taboo around baby loss.

The fact they're now no longer working royals has allowed them to keep their baby news quieter for longer.

We understand they had already told the family before going public, the palace saying: "The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and the entire family are delighted and wish them well."

Although it does seem the palace may have been caught a little on the hop by their decision to announce it tonight, with the message from the family taking a bit of time to be released.

Everything the Sussexes do attracts attention and another baby will be worldwide news, another child they will do everything they can to protect from the media glare.

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Already we've seen how protective they've been to try to keep Archie, who will turn two in May, out of the public eye.

And Meghan's victory in her case against the Mail on Sunday last week, again, made it clear that they will do anything to defend the privacy of their family.

The way they've announced the pregnancy is very different from the way it would have been done through the palace, so it'll be fascinating to see how they decide to tell the world when the baby arrives.

We know with Archie they did their best to avoid the usual media circus of a royal birth. But when will we see the new arrival?

For now, they're keeping that part of the happy news to themselves.