How Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's pregnancy announcement pays tribute to Princess Diana

It's fair to assume Prince Harry and Meghan Markle put careful forethought into the timing of all their important announcements - but the day they revealed they were expecting a second child is more poignant than it may seem at first. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced they had another baby on the way on February 14 (UK time). The obvious significance of this date is, of course, Valentine's Day; but the very same weekend was also used to make a special announcement by Princess Diana some 37 years earlier. 

Diana announced she was pregnant with Harry on February 13, 1984 - and many royal commentators and media outlets are insisting the nearly identical dates are no coincidence. 

Harper's Bazaar royal editor Omid Scobie called the move a "touching tribute" to Diana, sharing a photo of the front page of The Daily Express from 1984 baring the headline 'Valentine's Day joy for Charles and Diana'. 

At the time, palace officials told the press: "Both Prince Charles and Princess Diana are delighted by the news - as are the queen, Prince Philip and all the members of both families." 

And while Diana and Charles' news came in the form of a brief, formal notice in the national newspapers, Harry and Meghan's was delivered by a spokesperson and instantly shared over social media. 

"We can confirm that Archie is going to be a big brother," the statement reads, along with an intimate photo of a pregnant Meghan and barefoot Harry lying in the grass in their garden. 

"The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are overjoyed to be expecting their second child." 

Meghan and Harry welcomed their first child Archie in May 2019. The following year, Meghan penned a heart-wrenching essay about suffering a miscarriage at home, detailing the "almost unbearable grief" the couple felt.