The Sussexes are expecting a girl this time around, and Meghan is due in the ‘summer’

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In all of the massive revelations from Oprah’s interview with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, there were a handful of happy notes and we should definitely have some positivity. For one, Harry confirmed that they’re expecting a girl this time! He was beyond pleased and so was she. She wouldn’t even tell Oprah before Harry stepped into the interview! Meghan also said she’s due in the ‘summer’ which… June/July? She looks like she’s due earlier than that. Fingers crossed that they name their daughter Diana T’Challa Markle Spencer. I’m only half-joking! I know for sure that “Diana” will be one of the names though – come on, Harry will want that and so will Meghan. My guess is that they’ll have it as one of the child’s middle names.

Another revelation: Meghan and Harry were secretly married three days before their wedding!

“I was thinking about it, you know our wedding—three days before our wedding, we got married. No one knows that,” Meghan said. “We called the Archbishop and we just said, look, this thing, this spectacle is for the world. But we want our union between us, so the vows that we have framed in our room are just the two of us in our backyard with the Archbishop of Canterbury.”

Meghan added at the end of their interview that after all they went through with the royal family and their exit, the couple has their happy ending now, in California with Archie and their future baby girl (who’s due this summer). “Now we’re actually on the other side, we’re actually not just survived but are thriving,” she said. “This? Miracles. I think that all of those things I was hoping for have happened.”

[From Elle]

That’s really cool! My guess is that they actually needed some kind of civil, legal service before the “worldwide event” wedding. But still, a very cool story and I can’t believe they managed to keep that quiet for so long.

They also provided Oprah with this small clip of personal, black-and-white footage of Archie on the beach. The context was Harry talking about how happy he is now that he’s walked away, that he’s so happy that Archie gets to play on the beach and go for walks and ride bikes and that they have so much freedom – freedom Harry never had growing up – now that they’re living in California.

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Photos courtesy of Avalon Red, CBS.

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  1. Digital Unicorn says:

    OMG how cute is Archie, esp when he runs through the legs of the person holding the camera. LOL

  2. Snuffles says:

    I’m so happy it’s a girl! Harry is going to be the most overprotective girl dad EVER! I could see him happily having tea parties and learning how to do her hair.

    I can’t wait!

    ETA: Meghan looks HUGE. If she is due in the summer, it’s like the first week of summer. Like last week of June.

    • Myra says:

      Same! They both get a little mini-them. If she comes out with red hair though, Meghan should really fight Harry.

      Another positive thing, no one has to bother her about the baby’s skin colour.

      • DinoLover says:

        Uhhhhh……. I’m not really sure what you’re going for there, thank goodness the baby isn’t darker??! That’s a pretty fukked up thing to say in case you weren’t aware. wow.

  3. Sofia says:

    I could see Diana but I also could see them (mostly Harry) not wanting to “burden” the child with Diana’s name. So some alternates I can see are Spencer and Frances/Francesca.

    • Memurs says:

      I love these options! Archie and Frannie sound cute together.

    • Melody Calder says:

      My daughter is spencer, great girl name!!!!

    • Melody Calder says:

      My daughter is spencer, great girl name!!!!

    • sa says:

      I agree that I don’t think they would want to burden their daughter with the name Diana, at least as a first name. I can see it, or another name that honors his mother, being in the mix as a middle name, but I’d be shocked if they give their daughter Diana as a first name.

    • souperkay says:

      I love Frances Doria T’Challa Markle Spencer

    • Babz says:

      One of Charlotte’s middle names is Diana. That’s a minefield that will have to be navigated, because you know the blowback they will get for “copying” if Baby Girl Sussex has as one of names her Nanna’s. 😐🙄

    • Lucky Charm says:

      I see them using Frances instead of Diana, since Diana is one of Charlotte’s middle names. I’m sticking with my earlier suggestion of Delia Frances. :-)

    • FicklePickle says:

      Well, since Diana was a Roman goddess whose ultimate popular form was heavily influenced by the Greek goddess Artemis they could go for that…Diana was also commonly identified as the (also Greek) Titaness Phoebe who was the grandmother of Artemis and Apollo, but in some places Artemis was ALSO called Phoebe. Artemis was also known in some places as Cynthia, and in some others as Amarynthia.

      On a side note, I find it so very fitting that in Athens the goddess Artemis was worshiped as “Aristo” (meaning ‘best’).

  4. Lil says:

    I imagine Harry could be tempted to name her Diana, but I really hope they don’t. It’s just too much for a kid to have to shoulder. Having it as a middle name is fine.

    Archie’s adorable.

  5. Eleonor says:

    This is beautiful!

    • UptownGirl says:

      I know!! It was full, smile hurting my face smiling, because this was such a fabulous sight to see!! The fact that Harry is enjoying being a hands on father, which I suspected he would be, and being able to teach him to ride a bike, going to the beach and have the space and privacy is such an extra dose of beautiful and magnificent for them to cherish❤️ Plus the addition of a girl is a perfect family dynamic as Harry will have the pleasure of walking her down the aisle one day just warms my heart💓

      • Babz says:

        Someone on Twitter, or maybe here, was speculating about them watching the interview. The poster said she pictured them ignoring it, and Meghan standing in the nursery doorway with a hot chocolate, watching as Harry attempted to put the crib together because he wanted to do it himself. That tickled me for some reason, probably because it’s as normal as normal gets!

  6. Sandra says:

    If they use the name Diana hopefully it’s just as middle name.
    Boy, Archie’s hair has gotten darker. Or maybe just damp? Such a cutie. Love the video.

    • Snuffles says:

      I think it was a cell phone video with a filter slapped on it.

    • molly says:

      It’s definitely dark though. In the bootleg photo from her friend that went up (and quickly came down) last week, it’s pretty brown.

  7. Soupie says:

    So relieved that this wonderful little growing family will have security. My kids are better looking than both me and my ex-husband and I think that is what’s going to happen with these children. Their parents are gorgeous but they will be even more so.

  8. Noki says:

    Diana T’Challa Markle Spencer 😂😂😂😂 So glad they are happy and THRIVING!

  9. Lady Luna says:

    I really wish them all the best!

  10. Carmen says:

    It would be lovely if they named the baby Diana. Even better, since the royals are so damn color-struck, I hope the baby comes out looking exactly like Doria. The palace will have a mass shitfit.

    Summer? I doubt it. She looks like she’s seven months along. I’m thinking mid-May.

    • Snuffles says:

      I could easily see her fudging the dates to protect themselves. I could see her having the baby end of May then announcing a month later.

      • Cat says:

        This makes total sense. I will say though, I am hoping they are secretly pregnant with twins!

      • Babz says:

        I’m thinking they’ll end up having two littles with May birthdays, too. They didn’t tell us they married early, so it would be completely in line with them to announce her birth later. Whenever they want is fine with me. I just want her and her mama to be healthy while Meghan is growing her little girl, and when she makes her arrival!

  11. Jekelly says:

    I’m so happy for them! Even my dad was watching last night (65 year old man) and he was so angry at the monarchy. Also I was huge with my second baby ( daughter) so I wouldn’t be surprised if she isn’t quite as far along as people think.

    • SarahCS says:

      When my friend told me she was 12 weeks in with her second I was like err, yeah, I know! She was already showing and only got bigger (she’s absolutely tiny too) so I have no trouble believing she just looks further along than she is.

      • AMA1977 says:

        I didn’t show until almost 5 months along with my first, but I was in maternity clothes by the time I had my first OB appointment with my second and I was “huge” when I delivered, too. Meghan has a tiny frame, so I can easily believe that she’s due in June or even early July.

      • Lucky Charm says:

        @ AMA1977, same for me. With my first, I didn’t show at all until my third trimester. With my second, it seemed like almost as soon as I got the positive pregnancy test my body said “Ok, we’re letting everyone know there’s a baby in here, starting now!” lol.

  12. SarahCS says:

    I’m in the UK so not had a chance to sit and watch this yet but that beach video is DELIGHTFUL. I’m horrified and fascinated by the whole interview and alongside that so happy that they have survived and now get to have family moments like this. It’s weird to feel invested in total strangers but I am genuinely happy for them.

  13. Miranda says:

    I’m so happy for them, and thrilled that they’re expecting a girl. With a mother like Meghan, you know she’s going to be a fearless little warrior. Diana would be an excellent, very fitting choice. They could name her after Harry’s mom AND Wonder Woman.

  14. Petra says:

    It a girl! I knew they got married before the big wedding, but thought it happened in Lesotho. I’m so happy for them . ..a baby girl. Hearing Harry’s voice over that video of them at the beach…I need to stop crying.

  15. TeamMeg says:

    So happy it’s a girl!!! Am I the only one who leaped out of her seat when this news was shared? xox

  16. Moxylady says:

    Omg they let us see Archie. They are so generous. I wouldn’t want to share him with this horrific world. But it does capture their happiness and freedom and joy. I’m happy that they are happy. I wish them joy and contentment and peace always.

    • Amy Too says:

      One of the things I got from this interview is they’re not nearly as private as I thought they were. Like they wanted to share things. They don’t have a problem announcing if baby is a boy or girl, and showing Archie, and revealing they married 3 days before the wedding. This whole time they’ve been smeared as super overly protective and overly private, when really, the palace was controlling the narrative about them and what was released when. They want to share with us!

      • fluffy_bunny says:

        They want to share with us but not the british media. They realize the american media is welcoming while the british one is toxic.

      • Babz says:

        That’s the point that so many critics refuse to understand – that they are more than willing to engage and share, but on their terms, and not with the hateful tabloids. That’s what they wanted all along.

  17. Betsy says:

    I thought it was a girl! I’m so glad for them.

    But JFC they lost me with the “we were secretly married before the wedding.” I have had two friends who have held “wedding pageants” and been secretly married at another time. I find it deeply offensive when people do that and then invite people to witness… an expensive game of dress up, basically? In this situation everyone could afford the trip, but I had a friend who had an expensive destination wedding that turned out not to be a wedding but a wedding themed party.

    • Sofia says:

      What I got from that is that it wasn’t legally binding. They had the Archbishop but they didn’t sign anything like a marriage certificate. So the legal part still needed to be done but they wanted to be married “in spirit” beforehand (or whatever the term is)

      • Betsy says:

        For whatever reason, that makes it better. Thanks, Sofia. That is fair.

      • fluffy_bunny says:

        It couldn’t have been legal because there’s some weird British law that if the royals get married somewhere they have to open that place up so the public can also get married there. They aren’t renting Nott Cottage out for weddings so it wasn’t legal.

    • FicklePickle says:

      It’s actually very common to have the civil ceremony with all the paperwork occur separately from the religious ceremony…at least, outside the US.

      Although UK law requires at least 2 witnesses, so the ‘secret’ wedding would not have been legally binding. Presumably that was a purely religious thing just to make them feel better, they strike me as rather spiritual sort of people. The paperwork would have been filled out on the public date.

    • Veronica S. says:

      I think it’s fine if you’re somebody who views the major ceremony/wedding as a public event to celebrate with friends and family – and in this case, as a publicity event that couldn’t have been avoided with who Harry was. My coworker married her husband quietly to get him health insurance a year before they had the actual wedding. They saw it as one was pure legality, while the other was the family event.

    • Ania says:

      I think with all the s*itshow happening they desperately wanted sth that was private, only for them. That they had this little ceremony to remember without it being picked apart and commented like the big ceremony.

      I had a civil ceremony before my “big” wedding. It was due to some “technical” reasons in my country. But I didn’t cheat anyone. The event with guests was indeed for my guests, so we could say “I do” in front of them and celebrate together.

    • MsIam says:

      What do you care if they married before the ceremony! Its still a celebration of their union with friends and loved ones. Why not just be happy for them?

  18. Elizabeth says:

    I am enraged by how the royals abused Meghan. But it’s beautiful to see them happy now. My god. I hope they have nothing but freedom and peace and success from here on out.

  19. Case says:

    I squealed when they revealed it’s a girl. How exciting for them and their little family.

  20. Becks1 says:

    Aw I’m so excited for a baby girl Sussex! I hope they dont name her Diana, maybe as a middle name but that’s it. I kind of like Spencer for a girl though actually .

    The beach clip was adorable and the perfect ending to that interview – that interview was hard, it was sad, shocking – and to see the ending with Archie playing on the beach so happily – it really did send the message of “this is why they left, and it was worth it.”

  21. Belli says:

    A girl! I’m so happy for them! She’s going to have Harry wrapped around her little finger and I bet Archie will love being a big brother!

    I’m sure Diana will feature in her name, but I’d be surprised if it was her first name.

    They seem to like meaningful names, so maybe they’ll go for something like Hope or Felicity.

    Frances means “free one” and was Diana’s middle name, so…!

  22. Lauren says:

    I am so happy they are having a girl. I am an older Mom also and having a girl this summer too!

    • RedWeatherTiger says:

      Congratulations! Wishing you an easy delivery and all good things with your new wee girl.

  23. Ariel says:

    The best thing about this interview, and what we are *not* talking about today are the Duchess’ trashy relations. She gave them no air.
    One comment about the difficulty in dealing with his crap in the wedding lead up, and one comment about “losing” him, but other than that- zero attention.

    I am sure they will still get to do paid reactions for the racist british tabloids.
    But she gave them nothing.

    Brilliant.

    • truthSF says:

      She actually did! Oprah asked her about being betrayed by her father and sister, but that was the part of the interview they had to cut. But she did show those clips on CBS This Morning with Gayle.

  24. A says:

    Doriana as a middle name!

    • TaraBest says:

      Love this! My aunt’s middle name is a combination of her two grandmothers’ names. It’s unique and a great way to honor both grandmothers. :-)

    • Carmen says:

      I like it as a first name. I’m not fond of mashup names in general, but Doriana is pretty. And they can call her Dori for short.

  25. EliseM says:

    Does anyone have the clip of him announcing it is a girl? I totally missed that part and it is killing me not to see his face when he said it.

  26. MsIam says:

    So happy for a baby girl! Diana always wanted a daughter too but I’m sure they would have been thrilled about a little brother for Archie.

  27. Olenna says:

    Congrats to them; loved the video!

  28. MerryGirl says:

    That video is everything…..the parents, the 2 dogs and Archie enjoying so relaxing time without the care of the world.

  29. Zaya says:

    To paraphrase a favorite tweet from yesterday “gender reveal party in montecito causes injuries in London.”

  30. Shoshone says:

    This is just total speculation, but I would not be surprised if somewhere a few years down the road H&M seriously consider adopting one or two children. Not now, but later when a lot of this hopefully dies down. Right now they will have their hands full protecting and raising their little family.

  31. Elizabeth Phillips says:

    I like Doria Frances as a name for the baby.

  32. Charfromdarock says:

    Aww. Congratulations to them!

  33. kukukachoo says:

    I’m calling Didi (or I suppose DeeDee but I think the other spelling). Honours both grandmothers without the burden of bearing Diana’s name. Also matches Archie and has interesting name meanings.

  34. AuntRara says:

    I would love it if they went with Frances, which was Diana’s middle name. Still meaningful, but maybe not quite as emotionally loaded? I think Archie and Frannie would be really cute.

  35. blunt talker says:

    I like Doriana Frances or Doriana Spencer-I am happy to see them thriving and surviving such a hateful press and hateful royal family.

  36. L4frimaire says:

    I think most of us are team girl! I know I am, but Archie is so adorable. I really wish this family peace and just the ability to live their lives as they see fit. Side note, listening to some of the feedback,someone made a good point that they should be somewhat visible and vocal because there are a lot of people who would love for them to disappear.

  37. Anabe says:

    They should name their little girl Artemis. It is the Greek counterpart to the goddess Diana so they are naming her Diana without literally naming her Diana if that makes sense. They have already shown they’re partial to Greek influence with Archewell. And not to be too cute but they could call her Artie. So they’d have Archie and Artie. It’s the perfect name, really.