Star (USA)

Harry & Meghan: It's a Girl

SHHHH! MEGHAN MARKLE AND HUS­BAND HARRY ARE SE­CRETLY EX­PECT­ING BABY NO. 2.

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ON Sept. 12, Meghan Markle looked stun­ning as usual dur­ing an ap­pear­ance on a Zoom call to mark the an­niver­sary of her part­ner­ship with the Smart Works char­ity or­ga­ni­za­tion. Speak­ing from the com­fort of her liv­ing room, the Duchess of Sus­sex was a vi­sion in a crisp white blazer, low pony­tail and dewy makeup. And fans couldn’t help but take note of some­thing par­tic­u­larly lu­mi­nous in her ap­pear­ance. “She looks so re­laxed and happy,” wrote one on­line com­menter. Added an­other: “Meghan looks fan­tas­tic. She is glow­ing!”

Seems there may have been more than just good light­ing at play. A source tells Star ex­clu­sively the 39-year-old is preg­nant! “There are whis­pers that Meghan’s quite far gone, pos­si­bly up to six months along al­ready,” says an in­sider. “And she’s hav­ing a girl.” It hasn’t been easy keep­ing the happy news — and her grow­ing bump — un­der wraps, but the in­sider says the mom to Archie, 1, is de­ter­mined to keep her sec­ond preg­nancy a se­cret for as long she can. “She’s adamant about keep­ing her fam­ily life pri­vate,” the in­sider re­veals. “She knows a baby an­nounce­ment would cre­ate a me­dia frenzy, and that’s why she’s stay­ing quiet.”

Luck­ily for Meghan, she and Prince Harry have been happy to lie low at their new, $14.7 mil­lion home in Mon­tecito, Calif. “They’ve hardly left the house since they moved in,” re­veals the in­sider. On the rare oc­ca­sions the cou­ple does ven­ture out, the Suits alum has been sure to cover up. “She wears baggy sweaters and loose-fit­ting shirts and jack­ets,” the in­sider says. “She doesn’t want to give any­thing away!”

NEW RULES

This preg­nancy has been dras­ti­cally dif­fer­ent from Meghan’s first. While car­ry­ing Archie, the new­ly­wed felt con­stant pres­sure from the royal fam­ily. “It was stress­ful for her,” says the in­sider. “She felt like every­one was con­stantly on her back.” (Her swanky Fe­bru­ary 2019 baby shower in New York City al­legedly ruf­fled feath­ers for be­ing too flashy and over-the-top.) “This time around, she can do things her way,” says

the in­sider, “and stick to her own sched­ule with­out Harry’s fam­ily butting their noses into her busi­ness.”

Free from royal over­sight, she’s still hard at work on her char­ity en­deav­ors and other projects (she and Harry, 36, signed a pro­duc­tion deal with Net­flix in Septem­ber worth a re­ported $100 mil­lion), as well as keep­ing up with her reg­u­lar ex­er­cise reg­i­men. “She’s do­ing on­line pre­na­tal yoga and Pi­lates classes,” says the in­sider. But Harry won’t let her do any­thing too stren­u­ous or push her­self too hard. “He’s pam­per­ing Meghan like crazy,” the in­sider re­veals. “He

gives her foot mas­sages, cleans up af­ter Archie and makes them all healthy, or­ganic din­ners in the evening.”

They’re work­ing to­gether to get the baby's nursey fin­ished

in time. “They’ve been shop­ping for big fluffy rugs and comfy chairs to put next to the crib,” says the in­sider, not­ing they won’t go over­board on pink. “Meghan doesn’t be­lieve in gen­der sig­ni­fiers.”

OLD WOUNDS

So far, Harry’s re­ceived well-wishes from the few trusted fam­ily mem­bers they’ve told, but he’s not look­ing for­ward to fac­ing his grand­mother in per­son. The source says he’s been se­cretly plan­ning to re­turn to the U.K. be­fore the end of the year for an of­fi­cial sit-down with Queen El­iz­a­beth II. “Just be­cause he’s no longer a work­ing royal doesn’t mean he isn’t scared of her,” re­veals the in­sider. Es­pe­cially since he and Meghan are still mak­ing waves from 5,000 miles away. Last month, they were un­der fire for urg­ing Amer­i­cans to vote in the up­comng elec­tion, in vi­o­la­tion of pro­to­col that dic­tates roy­als stay apo­lit­i­cal. And in arly Oc­to­ber, Meghan — who re­portdly hasn’t felt pro­tected from me­dia rit­i­cism by her royal in-laws — spoke ut about be­ing a vic­tim of bul­ly­ing. Nev­er­the­less, part of their new life n L.A. is re­fus­ing to stay silent about ssues they care about. “They couldn’t are less that the queen and other roy­als is­agree with the way they choose to ive their lives,” says the in­sider. “And

“Harry and Meghan’s kids won’t be brought up with royal rules.” — a friend tells Star

they’ll con­tinue to speak out about sub­jects close to their hearts, even if it rubs the roy­als the wrong way.”

LOVE NEST

Mean­while, life is busy in Mon­tecito with baby Archie. “Harry is al­ready teach­ing Archie to swim and he and Meghan are about to start potty train­ing him,” the in­sider says, adding that Archie seems to be tak­ing af­ter his dad in the per­son­al­ity depart­ment. “He has a cheeky streak, which makes every­one laugh.” The tot loves be­ing read to and play­ing with puz­zles. “Harry and Meghan spend hours read­ing to him, so he’s al­ready a book­worm,” says the in­sider. “He’s an in­cred­i­bly en­gaged child and very ea­ger to learn.” Meghan and Harry have no re­grets about start­ing over in the U.S. with their grow­ing fam­ily. “Harry is def­i­nitely hap­pier,” says the in­sider, “and it’s nice to see him smil­ing again.” Ev­ery­thing seems to fi­nally be fall­ing into place. “For Harry and Meghan,” the in­sider says, “life couldn’t be more per­fect.”

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Meghan and Harry dote on Archie but “won’t spoil him,” as­sures an in­sider.
Sweet Dad
Life in Cal­i­for­nia means plenty of out­side play for the cou­ple’s first­born. “Harry’s al­ready try­ing to teach Archie how to play ball,” an in­sider tells Star.
Proud Par­ents Meghan and Harry dote on Archie but “won’t spoil him,” as­sures an in­sider. Sweet Dad Life in Cal­i­for­nia means plenty of out­side play for the cou­ple’s first­born. “Harry’s al­ready try­ing to teach Archie how to play ball,” an in­sider tells Star.
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 ??  ?? Hid­ing Her Bump?
In Au­gust, Meghan ap­peared in a Zoom call that only showed her from the chest up. An in­sider says she’s been fa­vor­ing loose clothes that would dis­guise a preg­nancy.
Hid­ing Her Bump? In Au­gust, Meghan ap­peared in a Zoom call that only showed her from the chest up. An in­sider says she’s been fa­vor­ing loose clothes that would dis­guise a preg­nancy.

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