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Harry and Meghan reveal they are having a baby girl during Oprah interview
8 March 2021, 07:38 | Updated: 8 March 2021, 07:57
Harry and Meghan have revealed they are having a baby girl this summer, sharing the news during their much anticipated interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had already announced their son Archie was "going to be a big brother", sharing a black and white photo of themselves under a tree in Los Angeles.
At the start of the interview, Meghan said she knows the gender of the baby, telling Oprah: "We do this time. I will wait for my husband to join us and we can share that with you."
Harry joined his wife in the second half of the interview, and told the chat show host: "It's a girl."
The Duke of Sussex said his first thought was "amazing" when he discovered the gender, adding: "Just grateful. To have any child, any one or any two, would have been amazing.
"But to have a boy and then a girl, I mean what more can you ask for? Now we've got our family, we got the four of us and our two dogs."
The pair said they expected this child to be their last. Asked if they were “done” with two children, Harry said "done", and Meghan added: "Two is it."
The baby girl will be the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh's 10th or 11th great-grandchild, depending on whether she arrives before or after Zara Tindall's baby, which is also due in 2021.
Eighth-in-line to the throne, she will be the most senior royal in the current line of succession to be born overseas.
The news comes after Meghan suffered a miscarriage last summer.
The duchess revealed her miscarriage in November last year in a deeply personal article for the New York Times, writing: "I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second."
During the interview with Oprah, Meghan also claimed there were “several conversations” amongst the Royal Family about her son Archie's skin colour, before he was born.
She added: "That was relayed to me from Harry, those were conversations the family had with him, and I think it was really hard to be able to see those as compartmentalised conversations."
Asked whether there were concerns that her child would be "too brown" and if that would be a problem, Meghan said: "If that is the assumption you are making, that is a pretty safe one."
However, pressed on the subject by Oprah, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex both refused to disclose who made the alleged comments.
Meghan said revealing who was involved in the talks "would be very damaging to them".
Later, Harry said: "That conversion, I am never going to share. At the time it was awkward, I was a bit shocked."
He added that he was "not comfortable" sharing the question he was asked by the unnamed person, but said it happened "right at the beginning" of their relationship.