Queen to show 'unity' on Meghan Markle response says expert
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The Duchess of Sussex, 39, is expecting her second child – a girl – due this summer. The arrival of the royal tot will come six years after Meghan spoke about a “special” sentimental gift she plans on passing down to her daughter one day. In 2015 the then-actress gifted herself a stunning Cartier French Tank watch to celebrate the TV series Suits, in might she played paralegal Rachel, getting a third season.
At the time, she told Hello magazine she planned to look after the piece to be able to one day pass it down to her daughter.
Meghan said: “I’ve always coveted the Cartier French Tank watch.
“When I found out Suits had been picked up for our third season – which, at the time, felt like such a milestone – I totally splurged and bought the two-tone version.
“I had it engraved on the back, ‘To M.M. From M.M.’ and I plan to give it to my daughter one day.
“That’s what makes pieces special, the connection you have to them.”
Despite the very public spat between the Sussexes and the rest of the Royal Family, Harry still retains his place in the line of succession a year after “Megxit”.
The Duke, 36, is sixth in line to the throne and Archie, who will turn two in May, is seventh in line.
Prince Andrew, who stepped back from royal duties more than a year ago, is eighth in line to the throne.
But he will be bumped down the pecking order when Harry and Meghan welcome their little girl.
The Duchess declined to give a specific month or date when asked by Oprah Winfrey when her baby is due.
She simply said “the summertime” after Harry excitedly revealed the gender.
The baby’s arrival will come around a year after Meghan suffered a devastating miscarriage last July.
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The Sussexes have set down deep roots in Meghan’s home state of California and are showing no signs of regret following their dramatic departure from the royal system.
In their bombshell interview with Oprah, broadcast on ITV on Monday, they revealed their joy about being able to enjoy a more low-key life in Santa Barbara.
Meghan said she cherished moments on the beach with Archie while Harry said he enjoyed taking his son for bike rides in the upmarket Montecito neighbourhood.
The pair also shared an adorable video of them playing with their child on the beach.
Archie, the Queen and Prince Philip’s great-grandchild, can be seen toddling along the bay as Meghan throws a ball for one of her dogs to fetch.
The Sussexes have drawn widespread scorn for their interview in which they claimed a member of the Royal Family had made racist remarks about the skin colour of Archie, before he was born in May 2019.
On Thursday Prince William became the first royal to break his silence on the claims, firmly slapping down the notion that the Royal Family harboured racism.
He told a reporter: “We’re very much not a racist family.”
Asked if he had spoken to Harry since the interview hit TV screens, the duke said: “I haven’t spoken to him yet but I will do.”
While critics were quick to hit out at the Sussexes’ interview, there were no shortage of people who praised them for speaking out about their personal grievances.
Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne Pinnock was among the celebrities who praised Meghan for speaking out about “underlying racism within the royal establishment”.
The full programme, “Oprah With Meghan and Harry”, aired on ITV on Monday and is available to watch on ITV Hub.
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