Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced this week that they are set to become parents again, almost two years after welcoming Archie Harrison. There's no confirmed word on Meghan's due date just yet, but by the looks of her bump it will most likely be around May or June this year.
Royal fans are naturally very excited about the arrival of Baby Sussex 2.0, but after that? Well, we can all stop guessing at whether the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will make their brood a hat trick, because Prince Harry has previously revealed they'll be having "two, maximum".
In an interview he did with ethologist Dr Jane Goodall for wife Meghan Markle's guest-edited issue of British Vogue back in September 2019, Prince Harry referenced concerns for the environment as the reason the couple would limit themselves to two children.
Discussing having kids, Dr Jane Goodall said: "Not too many!", to which Harry replied: "Two, maximum!"
"I’ve always thought: this place is borrowed," he continued. "And, surely, being as intelligent as we all are, or as evolved as we all are supposed to be, we should be able to leave something better behind for the next generation."
The ethologist responded saying: "We've stolen their future. Not all of it. But we’ve got to try and pay a little of it back."
Prince Harry's bold declaration was in keeping with what he'd suggested previously, when it comes to how many children he and wife Meghan were hoping to have. On a trip to Ireland with Meghan Markle in July 2018 - the couple's first overseas engagement after their wedding - a woman in the crowd said to Harry: "My husband also has red hair and he gave me five children — when are you and Meghan going to get going?"
According to People, Harry laughed and replied, "Five children? — too many."
The idea not to have children - or to limit the number you have - for environmental reasons is not a new one. There are fears about the overpopulation of the planet, and a belief that it's more important to focus on taking care of the resources we have, as opposed to applying more pressure to them.
Prince Harry has always been very passionate about raising awareness of climate change and preserving the planet, so it's no surprise that he wants to practice what he preaches when it comes to his own environmental footprint.
The Sussexes' happy news about their pregnancy came just a few months after Meghan Markle penned a moving essay about having experienced a miscarriage. Opening up about the family's heartbreaking loss last July is no doubt something that will have provided comfort to many others who have sadly experienced something similar.
By the looks of Meghan's blossoming bump, the couple waited until much further on in this pregnancy to announce their news, when the risk of miscarriage tends to drop. With just a few months to go until a baby brother or sister for one-year-old Archie arrives, we can't wait to see the family complete.
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