LOS ANGELES, Feb 15: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, have confirmed that they are expecting a younger brother or sister for their one-year-old son, Archie.

A spokesperson for the royal couple said: “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.”

Sharing a black and white picture of themselves under a tree with Harry resting his hand on Meghan’s head as she lies cradling her bump, the couple sent social media into a tizzy with the good news.

Misan Harriman, a friend of the couple and the photographer who took the photo that accompanied their announcement, tweeted: “Meg, I was there at your wedding to witness this love story begin, and my friend, I am honoured to capture it grow. Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on this joyous news!”

The Buckingham Palace, responding to the news, said: “Her Majesty, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales and the entire family are delighted and wish them well”, The Guardian reported.

The Sussexes’ baby will be the Prince of Wales’ fifth grandchild and the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh’s 10th or 11th great-grandchild, depending on whether he or she arrives before or after Zara Tindall’s baby, which is also due in 2021. He or she will be eighth in line to the throne and entitled to be a Lord or Lady, but the Duke and Duchess are expected to again opt for Master, like Archie, or Miss, with the surname Mountbatten-Windsor, the Guardian report explained. – IANS