A look back at Meghan Markle’s maternity style as the Duchess and Duke announce second pregnancy

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on stage during The Fashion Awards 2018 In Partnership With Swarovski at Royal Albert Hall on December 10, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/BFC/Getty Images)
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on stage during The Fashion Awards 2018 In Partnership With Swarovski at Royal Albert Hall on December 10, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/BFC/Getty Images)
  • Britain’s Prince Harry and former actress Meghan Markle, are expecting their second child. A spokesperson said the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are “overjoyed”.
  • Last year, Meghan revealed she had a miscarriage in July – in an extraordinarily personal disclosure coming from a high profile British royal.
  • In light of these good news, we take a retrospective look at some of Meghan Markle's most memorable maternity looks from her first pregnancy with son, Archie. 

After a tumultuous time as British media fodder, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, and husband Harry, are experiencing more pockets of joy. 

The couple revealed on Sunday that they are expecting their second child. A spokesperson reportedly said the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are “overjoyed”. 

Meghan and Harry are now living in Los Angeles after stepping down from royal duties at the end of March 2020.

The 39-year-old mother and philanthropist had felt "unprotected" by the British royal family while she was pregnant with her son Archie, according to London High Court documents filed as part of her legal action against a newspaper. 

In 2020, she then sued the publisher Associated Newspapers for the articles its Sunday newspapers printed in 2018, which included parts of a handwritten letter she’d sent to her estranged father Thomas Markle in August 2018.  

Her lawyers said in a submission to the High Court, that articles in the UK tabloid media had caused Meghan “tremendous emotional distress and damage to her mental health”.

It further added that she was “unprotected by the institution, and prohibited from defending herself”. 

READ MORE: HRH Meghan Markle felt unprotected by British royal family while pregnant and abused by UK tabloids 

But things are now looking brighter for the family of three, who announced their delight with a dreamt black and white portrait.   

Today, Channel24 reported that the couple's romantic announcement "coincides with the day Princess Diana announced she was expecting her second child with Prince Charles [Prince Harry] on Valentine's day on 1984." 

And because Meghan Markle is acclaimed in fashion circles as something of a royal style icon, we're using this opportunity to take a retrospective look at a 10 of her first pregnancy maternity looks that made a lasting impression on us: 

Fashion Awards 2018

In 2018, Meghan Markle made a surprise appearance at the British Fashion Awards. Surprise aside, the black Givenchy gown by Claire Waight Keller (the women behind her royal wedding gown) is what made headlines across fashion pages. 

We don't even need to explain why.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 10: Meghan, Duchess of
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex walks on stage during The Fashion Awards 2018 In Partnership With Swarovski at Royal Albert Hall on December 10, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/BFC/Getty Images) 

The Queen's Commonwealth Trust 2019  

In a retro getup reminecent of the '60s, this black-and-white graphic dress by Reiss paired with a with black Alexander McQueen blazer and black stilettos by Manolo Blahnik, was one for the books.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 08: (EMBARGOED FOR
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends a panel discussion, convened by The Queen's Commonwealth Trust, to mark International Women's Day at King's College London on March 8, 2019 in London, England. It was announced today that The Duchess of Sussex has become Vice-President of The Queen's Commonwealth Trust, of which The Queen is Patron and The Duke of Sussex is President. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)  

Commonwealth Day 2019 

For this occasion, Meghan wore a white coat paired with a printed Victoria Beckham dress, a dark green clutch and heels to complement it. A pristine look worth every time the mom-to-be's style is spoken about.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 08: (EMBARGOED FOR
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey on March 11, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage) 

Canada House

This forest green Erdem ensemble along with Aquazzura Deneuve heels and a Givenchy clutch, was the duchess's second look for the royal couple's appearance at the Commonwealth Day Youth Events in 2019. 

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 08: (EMBARGOED FOR
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends a Commonwealth Day Youth Event at Canada House with Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, where they speak with young Canadians from a wide range of sectors including fashion, the arts, business and academia on March 11, 2019 in London, England. The event will showcase and celebrate the diverse community of young Canadians living in London and around the UK. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)  

50th anniversary of the investiture of the Prince of Wales

For this milestone ocassion, 'classic' was the word and 'brocade' was the textile to make this statement. To complement her brocade dress, Meghan wore Amanda Wakeley's Cream Sculpted Tailoring Crombie Coat. The Duchess of Sussex had previously worn the coat back in March 2018 for her first official royal event with Queen Elizabeth II, attending Westminster Abbey to celebrate Commonwealth Day. 

Meghan accompanied the look with an Oyster silk clutch by Wilbur and Gussie, and suede pumps by Paul Andrew. 

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends a reception to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the investiture of the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace on March 5, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images)   

'The Wider Earth' gala event

The former TV star's style used to be characterised by poplin shirts and skirts before royalty found her. This look gave us a reimagination of this signature style formula. 

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 07: Meghan, Duchess of
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends a gala performance of 'The Wider Earth' in support of the Queen's Commonwealth Trust & the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy at the Natural History Museum on February 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images) 

READ MORE: Meghan and Harry - a timeline of their relationship  

Morocco 

The Duchess' stylist outdid themselves with this 'lookbook'. 

RABAT, MOROCCO - FEBRUARY 25: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS)
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrives to meet Crown Prince of Morocco, Moulay Hassan at a Royal Residence on February 23, 2019 in Rabat, Morocco. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage) 
RABAT, MOROCCO - FEBRUARY 25: Prince Harry, Duke
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex with King Mohammed VI of Morocco, during an audience at his residence on February 25, 2019 in Rabat, Morocco. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage) 

RABAT, MOROCCO - FEBRUARY 24: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit the Andalusian Gardens to hear about youth empowerment in Morocco from a number of young social entrepreneurs on February 25, 2019 in Rabat, Morocco. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)  
CASABLANCA, MOROCCO - FEBRUARY 23: Meghan, Duches
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends a reception hosted by the British Ambassador to Morocco at the British Residence during the second day of her tour of Morocco on February 24, 2019 in Rabat, Morocco. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage) 

Additional sources: Reuters, ITN, Town & Country

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