A short time ago this afternoon (Sunday, February 14), Harry and Meghan’s press office announced that Meghan is pregnant. The photo that was released along with the announcement is below:
This will be the couple’s second baby and very happy news after Meghan’s announcement of her miscarriage last year, as she wrote about in the New York Times. You can read my thoughts on the miscarriage essay here.
We don’t have a ton of facts to go on with the announcement, but here is what we know:
Omid had details no one else did
Omid Scobie was almost certainly fed more details about the couple’s announcement than the general press pack. An example of this: Omid having a copy of this newspaper from Valentine’s Day 37 years ago, talking about how Diana announced she was pregnant with Harry on Valentine’s Day, ready to go. Convenient!
So did People Magazine
People Magazine also had details that the regular press pack didn’t. It announced that in the photo, Meghan is wearing a Carolina Herrera maternity dress that had been created for her during her pregnancy with Archie. Meghan wore Carolina Herrera occasionally during her time as a senior member of the British Royal Family. You can read the People article here.
The photographer is a friend (and maybe a friend of Apple (#spon #ad)
The photo was taken by Nigerian photographer (and the first Black man to photograph a British Vogue cover) Misan Harriman. He is a friend of Harry and Meghan’s who attended their wedding at Windsor in 2018.
Something that Harriman mentioned in his Twitter caption about the announcement and photo caught my attention. It was the hashtag #shotonipad. Why was this hashtag necessary? My theory is that it was necessary in order for everyone to be given their cheque from Apple. People can take photographs remotely via lots of devices. It’s not really worth noting the fact that it was shot on an iPad unless you have a vested interest in other people buying an iPad. My theory on this was bolstered by Omid’s reaction on Twitter:
It’s just a theory, but keep in mind that Prince Harry has ties to Apple from working on a (still unreleased) mental health program with Oprah. I’ve heard crazier things. And I’ve also read that Meghan and Harry were not willing to announce their second pregnancy unless they got something in return. Maybe money? Maybe a deal with Apple? I don’t know. What I do know is that the people who choose to work with them and play ball with them are usually rewarded (like with exclusives for books they can write in order to make money). It makes sense that they would ask for something for themselves as well as something for their friend, the photographer who remotely took the portrait.
Buckingham Palace is, as always, delighted
Buckingham Palace released the following statement on the news: “Her Majesty, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales and entire family [are] ‘delighted’ and wish them well.”
This statement is…a little bit yikes. It mirrors the language used in BuckPal’s statement on the birth of Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s baby this past week (delighted – the Queen is always delighted). But the yikes part is what the statement doesn’t say. It doesn’t mention the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s reaction to the news. You might say, “Well, that’s not fair, because they have their own social media accounts and press team.” Yeah, and so does Prince Charles. But Charles was mentioned in the BuckPal statement. Oof.
EDIT: I’m just seeing now from royal reporters on Twitter that BuckPal was caught totally off guard with the announcement. Harry and Meghan had told members of the royal family that they were expecting, but not that they were planning to announce it. This left the BuckPal comms staff scrambling to prepare a statement this evening (London time) on the fly.
Let’s see if Will and Kate’s social media team puts out a nice statement or Instagram post about it. If not, it could be (and be seen as) a snub for the Sussexes.
Closing thoughts/odds and ends
- Meghan was definitely pregnant when she released the New York Times miscarriage essay. This was something that I and others suspected at the time, though none of us was going to say it publicly. You usually don’t make a miscarriage public until you’re safely pregnant again. It’s just how it works.
- There was no announcement on how far along Meghan is, but I would say she’s somewhere around 5-6 months. That would mean a May/June birth, which is the reason she will give for not going to London with Harry for Trooping the Colour and the unveiling of the Princess Diana statue later in the summer.
- Meghan winning her lawsuit against Associated Newspapers on Thursday all but assured this news coming out now. I bet the Sussexes are riding high this weekend.
- I saw this on Twitter, but it sort of seems like Harry and Meghan really, genuinely hate Eugenie and Jack and want to upstage them at every opportunity? First with announcing their first pregnancy at Eugenie and Jack’s wedding reception, and now announcing this pregnancy just after Eug and Jack have just had a baby and are going to announce the baby’s name in the coming days.
- I can see a more full spread of photographs coming from an outlet in the coming months, before the baby is born.
- I think that the photo is way too grainy with all of the gradations of the leaves and sunshine. It’s not a well-composed shot. Don’t @ me on this!
- I think that now that the secret is out, Meghan will be popping up more and more via video chats for philanthropic causes. Possibly including pregnancy and child loss charities.
- Will the pregnancy be mentioned on Harry’s James Corden LA double decker bus special? We will soon find out!
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