Why Meghan and Harry won't have any more children after Lili

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Photo credit: Misan Harriman - Instagram
Photo credit: Misan Harriman - Instagram

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced this weekend that they have become parents for the second time, after daughter Lilibet 'Lili' Diana Mountbatten-Windsor was born on 4 June. The happy news of a sister for two-year-old Archie Harrison came after the couple shared their pregnancy news back in February.

Royal fans have naturally been very excited about the arrival of Lili, who is named in honour of her great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth. But it looks like there'll be no need to guess at whether the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will make their brood a hat trick, because Prince Harry has previously revealed they'll be having "two, maximum".

In an interview he did with ethologist Dr Jane Goodall for wife Meghan Markle's guest-edited issue of British Vogue back in September 2019, Prince Harry referenced concerns for the environment as the reason the couple would limit themselves to two children.

Discussing having kids, Dr Jane Goodall said: "Not too many!", to which Harry replied: "Two, maximum!"

"I’ve always thought: this place is borrowed," he continued. "And, surely, being as intelligent as we all are, or as evolved as we all are supposed to be, we should be able to leave something better behind for the next generation."

The ethologist responded saying: "We've stolen their future. Not all of it. But we’ve got to try and pay a little of it back."

Photo credit: TOBY MELVILLE - Getty Images
Photo credit: TOBY MELVILLE - Getty Images

Prince Harry's bold declaration was in keeping with what he'd suggested previously, when it comes to how many children he and wife Meghan were hoping to have. On a trip to Ireland with Meghan Markle in July 2018 - the couple's first overseas engagement after their wedding - a woman in the crowd said to Harry: "My husband also has red hair and he gave me five children — when are you and Meghan going to get going?"

According to People, Harry laughed and replied, "Five children? — too many."

The idea not to have children - or to limit the number you have - for environmental reasons is not a new one. There are fears about the overpopulation of the planet, and a belief that it's more important to focus on taking care of the resources we have, as opposed to applying more pressure to them.

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Photo credit: Getty Images

Prince Harry has always been very passionate about raising awareness of climate change and preserving the planet, so it's no surprise that he wants to practice what he preaches when it comes to his own environmental footprint.

The Sussexes' happy news about their pregnancy came just a few months after Meghan Markle penned a moving essay about having experienced a miscarriage. Opening up about the family's heartbreaking loss last July is no doubt something that will have provided comfort to many others who have sadly experienced something similar, and will have made the arrival of baby Lili all the more poignant.

Congratulations to Meghan, Harry and Archie - it's so lovely that their family is now complete.

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