ITV News Correspondent Harry Horton reports on the baby news out of No.10
The Prime Minister’s wife Carrie Johnson has said she feels “incredibly blessed to be pregnant again” after revealing on Instagram that she suffered a miscarriage at the start of the year.
In a statement on social media, Mrs Johnson, 33, said the brother or sister to their first child Wilfred was due to arrive “this Christmas”.She wrote: "Fertility issues can be really hard for many people, particularly when on platforms like Instagram it can look like everything is only ever going well.
“I found it a real comfort to hear from people who had also experienced loss so I hope that in some very small way sharing this might help others too.”
She is expecting to give birth in December, she added, posting a photo of a Christmas tree bauble of a pram. “Hoping for our rainbow baby this Christmas,” she said.
The couple had a son, Wilfred, in April 2020 - their first child together although Boris Johnson, 57, has fathered four children from a previous marriage and others from other relationships.
In her social media post, Ms Johnson wrote: “At the beginning of the year, I had a miscarriage which left me heartbroken.
“I feel incredibly blessed to be pregnant again but I’ve also felt like a bag of nerves.”
The couple made the announcement only two months after they tied the knot during a low-key wedding at Westminster Cathedral.
Ms Johnson, a former Conservative Party communications director, said she wanted to share the personal news about her miscarriage to “help others”.
Downing Street said the Prime Minister had been due to work this weekend from his official country residence Chequers in Buckinghamshire, although it is not known if the couple are there together.
The new arrival is set to be Mr Johnson’s seventh child, having had four children with second wife Marina Wheeler, who he divorced last year following their separation in September 2018.
In 2013 it emerged during another court hearing that Mr Johnson fathered a daughter during an adulterous liaison while Mayor of London in 2009.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer sent congratulations to the expectant couple following Carrie Johnson’s announcement.
“Congratulations to Carrie and Boris on the happy news that they’re expecting another child,” said the Opposition leader.
“I’m very sorry to hear of Carrie’s earlier miscarriage. I’m sure that her speaking out will be of comfort to others and make them feel less alone.
“Every best wish to Carrie and Boris at this time.”