Royal shock: When Meghan and Harry really started planning for second child

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Harry and Meghan’s first child Archie Harrison was born just a year after their wedding, in 2019. The couple have shown their love for children on several different occasions, and many believe their decision to leave the Royal Family’s frontline was an effort to raise their son as a “private citizen”. Royal fans are starting to speculate — now the Sussexes have laid down roots in LA, California — whether the pair will start thinking about expanding their brood.

According to one of People Magazine’s sources, the couple have been talking about having a family for a long time.

On May 7 2019, just a day after Archie’s birth, an insider claimed: “They definitely want to [have another].

“Meghan has talked about having one more.”

At the time, the couple had just moved to Frogmore Cottage, in Windsor.

The insider explained: “There’s so much space for them to be able to take walks with the baby and their dogs and not feel like they are being preyed upon — that was the big thing.

“Meghan’s so happy there compared to Kensington Palace. It’s like night and day.”

Now that the two have moved again in the search of greater privacy away from the monarchy, royal fans have wondered if the couple could be settled enough for another child.

A second source suggested that Harry was keen to become a father again, too.

They explained: “He’s always enthusiastic with children, and now he will have his own little world that he has dreamed of for a long time.”

Indeed, in an interview with environmentalist Dr Jane Goodall for British Vogue last year, Harry admitted that he wanted two children, “maximum”.

However, Meghan revealed her dreams for a big family once said in a November 2014 feature with The Brew.

She said: “I dream to be a mum with wee ones running around my house.”

Harry, on the other hand, has not always been so set on having a large brood.

In 2016, he told People: “There have been moments throughout life, especially when we do a tour abroad when I think ‘I’d love to have kids now.

“And then there are other times when I bury my head in the sand going, ‘All right, don’t need kids!’

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“There’s no rush. I think, I tell you what: There’ve been times I’ve been put off having children.”

In an interview with The Telegraph’s Mad World podcast in April 2017, he appeared to be warming to the idea.

He said: “Of course, I would love to have kids.”

By that time, news of his relationship with Meghan had hit the headlines.

Harry went on to admit that he was already a godfather to five or six of his friends’ children.

He explained: “I think the key to ‘[being a good godfather] is to be able to grow up, but also be able to stay in touch with your childhood side.”

Still, when the couple were asked about their family plans during their engagement interview from November 2017, Harry rejected the idea that any children were imminent.

The Duke of Sussex said they did “not currently” have a plan, although he added: “Of course, one step at a time and hopefully we’ll start a family in the near future.”

Archie was born 18 months later.

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