8 ways Meghan Markle's pregnancy and birth were different from her first

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  • Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's second child, Lilibet Diana, was born on June 4.

  • Markle had Archie in the UK, and she had Lilibet in the US.

  • With no active social media channels, the birth announcement came in a statement from Archewell.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced their first pregnancy through the royal family's official channels in 2018.

Meghan Markle Prince Harry in Australia 2018

"Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019," the couple announced via Kensington Palace's official Instagram account on October 15, 2018. "Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public."

In February 2021, they shared they were expecting their second child with a black-and-white portrait taken at their California home.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle photographed in their California home. Misan Harriman; Copyright owned by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex © 2021

The black-and-white shot was taken on an iPad by the Nigerian-born British photographer and longtime friend of the Duchess of Sussex Misan Harriman. It shows the couple relaxing outside, Markle lying on her back with her hand on her baby bump and resting her head on Harry's lap.

"We can confirm that Archie is going to be a big brother. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are overjoyed to be expecting their second child," a spokesperson for the couple told Insider via email.

The announcement came on Valentine's Day 2021, 37 years to the day newspapers shared the news that Princess Diana was pregnant with Prince Harry.

Markle and Harry didn't reveal the sex of the baby during her first pregnancy.

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Meghan Markle in January 2019. NIKLAS HALLEN/AFP/Getty Images

In Markle and Harry's interview with Oprah Winfrey in March, Markle said they decided to find out the sex of the baby "this time," implying that they decided to be surprised with Archie's birth.

This time around, they revealed they were expecting a girl in a tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sit down with Oprah Winfrey. Joe Pugliese/Harpo Productions

Prince Harry told Winfrey he was feeling "just grateful."

"To have any child, any one or any two would've been amazing, but to have a boy and then a girl — what more could you ask for?" he said. "Now we've got our family. We've got the four of us, our two dogs."

When Markle was pregnant with Archie, she continued carrying out royal engagements as the public fixated on her baby bump and maternity style.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry greet fans in Auckland, New Zealand, in October 2018. Chris Jackson/Getty Images

They announced Markle's pregnancy right before embarking on a royal tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and Tonga in 2018. Her royal maternity wardrobe included designers like Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, and Dior.

She also faced "bump shaming" as the baby grew, and she was accused of seeking attention by holding her stomach even though Kate Middleton was described as "glowing" when she did the same thing while pregnant with Prince Louis two years earlier.

There are fewer photographs of Markle's baby bump and maternity style this time around.

Meghan Markle on FaceTime to James Corden and Prince Harry.
Meghan Markle on FaceTime to James Corden and Prince Harry. The Late Late Show/CBS

Markle was not as visible during her second pregnancy. This is partly because she and Prince Harry are living more private lives since leaving their royal roles, but it's also due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Markle gave birth to Archie at Portland Hospital in London.

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The birth certificate of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. Jonathan Brady/PA Images via Getty Images

It used to be tradition for royal babies to be born at home. Queen Elizabeth had home births for all of her children.

Rumors emerged in April 2019 that the duchess was considering having her child at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor. However, Archie's birth certificate confirmed that Markle gave birth at Portland Hospital at 5:26 a.m. on May 6, 2019.

Lilibet was born in California.

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Meghan Markle with Archie on the beach in California. CBS

Markle gave birth to Lilibet at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California.

Their second child is eighth in line for the throne — pushing back Prince Andrew, Princess Beatrice, and Princess Eugenie in the royal line of succession. And since Markle gave birth in America, Lilibet is eligible to serve as president of the United States someday.

Harry and Markle shared the news of Archie's birth informally on their now-inactive @sussexroyal Instagram account.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have their own Instagram account. sussexroyal/Instagram

Harry and Markle created their own Instagram account, @sussexroyal, after splitting their household from the Cambridges. They posted a jubilant "It's a BOY!" birth announcement after Markle gave birth to a son.

As they began their transition out of royal life in February 2020, Harry and Markle confirmed they would change the name of their brand so it no longer included the word "royal," and stopped posting to their @sussexroyal account.

With no active social media presence, the couple announced the birth of their daughter in a statement through their new non-profit, Archewell.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle appeared in Spotify's virtual Stream On. Spotify/YouTube

Markle and Harry announced the birth of their daughter in a statement on Archewell's website on June 6, two days after Lilibet was born.

"She is more than we could have ever imagined, and we remain grateful for the love and prayers we've felt from across the globe," the couple said in the statement. "Thank you for your continued kindness and support during this very special time for our family."

In April 2020, Harry and Markle rebranded by launching a non-profit organization named Archewell after their son, Archie.

It was reported in January 2021 that it's "very unlikely" the couple will return to social media. They no longer update their feeds because of the hate they received, a source told The Sunday Times at the time.

When Archie was born, Harry and Markle were able to introduce him to Harry's side of the family right away.

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A photo from Archie's christening. Chris Allerton / Getty

Before their public photo-call with members of the press, the couple introduced their new baby to Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, and Prince Charles. Markle's mother, Doria Ragland, was also present for the meeting.

Harry and Markle shared a photo of the sweet moment on their @sussexroyal Instagram page in May 2019.

Since Markle gave birth in the US, it's possible that members of the royal family won't meet the new baby for a while.

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Prince Harry at Prince Philip's funeral in April 2021. WPA Pool / Pool / Getty Images

Harry returned to the UK in April for Prince Philip's funeral in April — his first visit in more than a year. Markle was unable to attend the service since she did not receive medical clearance from her physician.

With coronavirus travel restrictions still in place between the two countries, the Queen's advancing age, and remaining tensions in the wake of Harry and Markle's interview with Oprah, it's likely that members of the royal family — who've congratulated the couple publicly — will have to meet the new baby virtually.

Days after Archie was born, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex introduced him to the world with a photo-call at Windsor Castle.

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex are seen with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle, in Berkshire, Britain May 8, 2019. Dominic Lipinski/Pool via REUTERS
Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex with their baby son at Windsor Castle. Reuters

They held the photo-call in the same place they got married.

Since they're no longer affiliated with the royal family, there won't be an official royal introduction this time around.

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The entrance of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's estate in Montecito, California. VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images

Harry and Markle shared a photo taken in their backyard to announce their second pregnancy, but the birth announcement did not include a photo, and they're unlikely to hold any kind of press event to introduce their new baby to the public.

Markle and Harry announced Archie's name two days after his birth on their old Instagram account.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with Archie. Toby Melville - Pool/Getty Images

They announced their son's name, Archie Harrison, in the caption of a sweet photo with Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, and Markle's mother, Doria Ragland.

They shared their daughter Lilibet's name - and an explanation of who she was named for - in her birth announcement.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in the trailer for "The Me You Can’t See." Apple TV

Markle and Harry didn't wait to share their daughter's name — they included it in their statement through Archewell.

"Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet," the statement read. "Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honor her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales."

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