Prince Harry‘s ‘dirty’ bare feet have sparked calls for the royal to ‘buy some shoes and put them away’ after announcing baby number two with wife Meghan Sunday.
A spokesperson for the couple said in a statement: ‘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.’
Harry, 36, and Meghan, 39, confirmed the happy news with a black-and-white photo of themselves. The couple are sat near a tree with Harry’s hand placed under Meghan’s head as she lies on his lap with her hand resting on her bump.
But for many fans the sight of the prince’s bare feet proved too much.
Twitter user @KellyannBabes wrote: ‘Congratulations Harry and Meghan.. but serious is there any need for Harry’s bare feet.’
@Matriarch4 added: ‘Someone needs to buy Harry shoes. Ewwww, feet.’
@Mama_Cougar said: ‘OK OK I’ll be the one to say it. If I never see Prince Harry’s bare feet again it’ll be too soon.’
Harry, 36, and Meghan, 39, confirmed the news with a black-and-white photo. But for many fans the sight of the prince’s bare feet proved too much
The baby will be eighth in line to the British throne.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: ‘Her Majesty, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales and the entire family are delighted and wish them well.’
The couple, who are currently residing in California, announced the news on the 37th anniversary of when Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, announced that she was pregnant with him on Valentine’s Day in 1984.
But for some the picture shared to celebrate their pregnancy – taken by the couple’s longtime friend Misan Harriman – was also a sign of disrespect.
Twitter user @MirandaUganda said: ‘In many countries it is deeply offensive to show the soles of your feet.’
@ZoeThinks said: ‘I wonder why we have to look at his dirty feet?’
She added: ‘In many Arab, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist countries, showing the soles of your feet is a sign of disrespect.’
Others said ‘everything else is perfect’ – bar Harry’s bare feet.
@thedyingswann said: ‘My only complaint about that picture is that Harry’s barefoot – I hate seeing feet with burning passion. Everything else is perfect!’
‘I’m happy for them but please Harry put the feet away,’ user @g0ldxnharry added.
Prince Harry’s ‘dirty’ bare feet sparkedcalls for the royal to ‘buy some shoes and put them away’ after announcing baby number two with wife Meghan in a Valentine’s Day photo
Harry and Meghan shocked the world last year when they stepped down as senior royals and announced they were moving to North America with baby Archie, who will turn two in May.
The couple have been hunkering down at a sprawling nine-bedroom mansion in Montecito that they purchased for $14.65 million last June.
Their baby announcement came just days after Harry’s cousin Princess Eugenie welcomed a baby boy on February 9.
The sex of the couple’s second baby, as well as the due date, remain unclear.
Baby Sussex will be 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.
Meghan recycled a Carolina Herrera dress made during her first pregnancy for the birth announcement photo.
Harriman, the Nigerian-born British photographer who took the image, wrote on Twitter: ‘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!’
It’s unclear where the photo was taken but Harriman indicated that he took it remotely via an iPad.
Speaking to British Vogue following the baby announcement, Harriman said: ‘To be asked to help share this absolute joy after such an unimaginable loss and heartache is a marker of true friendship.
‘Meg reminded me that had I not introduced her to a mutual friend then she wouldn’t have met Harry.
‘I’m grateful for whatever small part I played.’
On how he captured the image, he said: ‘With the tree of life behind them and the garden representing fertility, life and moving forward, they didn’t need any direction, because they are, and always have been, waltzing through life together as absolute soulmates.’
Reacting to the image Twitter user @KayakSeaFishing said: ‘Harry has very ugly feet. He’s like a Hobbit!’
@delabole added: ‘Never mind the baby bump .. I just dont want to see Harry’s bare feet.’
And while Twitter user @Positivelady92 called it a ‘great photo’, they added: ‘I think Harry needs to wash his feet though’
@Debied123 agreed, adding: ‘Who else zoomed in on the state of Harry’s feet?’
@TaliaBM simply said: ‘Files ‘Prince Harry’s feet’ under things I never wanted to see.’
The duke said in 2019 that he would only have two children for the sake of the planet a year after marrying Markle married at Windsor Castle in May 2018.
Meghan and Harry welcomed their first child Archie (pictured) in May of 2019
In early 2020, Meghan and Harry announced they were quitting royal duties and moving to North America. They recently bought a house in Santa Barbara, California.
Sixth in line Harry and ex-actress Meghan have been busy securing the funding for their new life, signing a lucrative deal with streaming giant Netflix, rumored to be worth more than £150 million, and another multi-million pound podcast deal with Spotify.
Meghan also invested in a brand of vegan coffees late last year – her first investment since coming to the US – which Oprah Winfrey promoted to her 19.2 million Instagram followers in December.
They have also been working on their Archewell charitable foundation, but caused controversy when Harry was accused of political interference after he urged people in the US to ‘reject hate speech’ and vote in the presidential elections.
The happy news comes on the 37th anniversary of when Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, announced that she was pregnant with him on Valentine’s Day in 1984
In November, Meghan revealed that she had a miscarriage in July 2020, giving a personal account of the traumatic experience in hope of helping others.
Earlier this month the author of Meghan’s autobiography, Omid Scobie, claimed that the Duchess had no plans to join Harry on his first trip back to the UK this summer because she doesn’t want to be away from Archie.
Scobie added that Meghan would likely catch up with the family virtually, explaining: ‘Archie loves being on Zoom calls with the family and the Queen has been enjoying those throughout lockdown.’
Photographer Harriman, 55, is known for his photos of celebrities and activists. His work documenting the Black Lives Matter protests this summer caught the eye of Edward Enniful, editor of British Vogue, who commissioned him to become the first black man to shoot a Vogue cover in its 104-year history.
His images were featured on the cover of the prestigious September issue.
It’s also unclear how Harriman was introduced to the Duke and Duchess, but his caption indicated that he’s known them for a long time.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s new baby will be eighth in line to the throne
The first seven places will remain unchanged – the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, Harry, and Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.
Harry retained his place in the line of succession despite quitting royal life, and dropping his HRH style.
When Harry and Meghan’s new addition arrives, the Duke of York, who was born second in line in 1960, will move down to ninth place.
Andrew stopped carrying out royal duties in 2019 following his controversial Newsnight interview over his friendship with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
The baby boy or girl will enter the line of succession behind older brother Archie.
Andrew’s eldest daughter, Princess Beatrice, will move to 10th in line.
His youngest, Princess Eugenie, will fall out of the top 10 to become 11th in line, and her newborn son will move to 12th place.
Baby Sussex will either be the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh’s 10th or 11th great-grandchild, depending on whether he or she is born before or after Zara Tindall’s baby.
The monarch and Philip’s great-grandchildren so far are: Savannah and Isla Phillips; George, Charlotte and Louis; Mia and Lena Tindall; Archie, and Princess Eugenie’s baby boy.
The new baby will not be entitled to be an HRH nor be a prince or a princess due to rules set out more than 100 years ago by George V.
He or she is allowed to be a Lord or a Lady, but, in keeping with Harry and Meghan’s wishes, will be a plain Master, like Archie, or Miss (first name) Mountbatten-Windsor instead.
As the first-born son of a duke, Archie could have become Earl of Dumbarton – one of Harry’s subsidiary titles – or been Lord Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.
But the duke and duchess broke with royal convention by making a personal decision not to use a title, thought to be inspired by Harry’s wish to have been a normal child, rather than a prince, as he grew up.
The baby will, however, like Archie, be entitled to be an HRH and a prince or princess when the Prince of Wales accedes to the throne – although it is thought unlikely that Harry and Meghan will opt for such a change.
The new baby will not require the monarch’s permission to marry.
For hundreds of years, the Royal Marriages Act 1772 meant descendants of George II had to seek the sovereign’s consent before they wed, otherwise their marriages were deemed invalid.
But this law was repealed through the Succession to the Crown Act.
It restricted the consent to just the first six people in the line of succession, so, as the new baby is eighth in line, they will not at present need to seek a monarch’s approval to wed.
They may have to do so in the future though, when the Duke of Cambridge eventually becomes king and if there have been no further additions ahead of them in the succession line.
King George III, George II’s grandson, had ordered the now repealed 1772 Act after his younger brother, the Duke of Cumberland, secretly married Lady Anne Horton, deemed to be a highly disreputable widow of a commoner.