When the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced that they are expecting their second child on Sunday evening, they opted for a significant date. Not only was it Valentine’s Day, but it was also the 37th anniversary of the news that the Princess of Wales was expecting her second child. Prince Harry was born  almost six months to the day later. 

While Meghan looked relaxed in a glamorously Californian way for the photograph celebrating the news, Diana was in the midst of a busy schedule of royal engagements when her pregnancy was confirmed. 

In the Eighties, attitudes to maternity dressing were quite different to today. ‘Back then you never flaunted your tummy when pregnant,’ Diana’s stylist, Anna Harvey, once told The Telegraph.

Yet, just as Meghan will become a modern muse for dressing during pregnancy, so Diana provided her own regal template with grand gowns and playful collars.

Here, we look back through the outfits she wore in 1984 while expecting Prince Harry…

11 February

Days before Buckingham Palace confirmed that the Princess of Wales was expecting her second child, she embarked on her first solo tour, to Norway. Diana’s bottle green velvet suit was created by Caroline Charles. At this point, there was little hint of the royal baby news to come just days later.