Hello good afternoon and welcome, we start with some breaking news this hour that the prime minister and his wife carrie are expecting their second baby. Mr johnson made the announcement on an instagram post, also revealing that she suffered a miscarriage earlier this year. Well, let's go straight now to westminster into our political correspondence, rob powell so rob good afternoon to you some happy news, but also some sad detail in this announcement: yeah carrie johnson uh, the wife of the prime minister, boris johnson, made this announcement this afternoon on her Instagram account she posted a picture, but also some text uh below it, in which she said that she was hoping for our rainbow baby this christmas. So a suggestion that this um second child for the couple uh will be due at the tail end. Um of this year uh, but she also um, as you said, as you say, revealed some more somber details, um about what uh she and the couple have been going through this year, saying that at the beginning of the year she had a miscarriage which she says Left her heart broken and while she feels incredibly blessed uh to be pregnant again, she writes in this post. She'S also felt like a bag of nerves. Now this will be, as i say, the second child that carrie johnson and boris johnson have had together. They got married earlier this year in secret in the summer, their first child, a son, wilfred johnson, was born at the end of april last year in the thick of the pandemic, not long after boris johnson got out of hospital out of icu himself. Now it's the second child for carrie johnson. It will be the seventh child that boris johnson has had. He has four children with his previous wife, marina wheeler, who he divorced in 2018.
He also has another daughter um as the result of an affair he had, but the second child for him, uh and um carrie johnson and in this instagram post carrie johnson uh put give some more details um about why she felt the need to share those details About the miscarriage she had earlier this year, she talks about how fertility issues can affect many people and can be incredibly difficult, given on platforms like instagram. It often feels like uh people that are having babies and that are pregnant uh, that everything uh is only ever going well. She says - and she says she found it - a real comfort to hear from people who had also experienced loss and hopes that in sharing what happened to her, that might in some small way help so a second child on the way for uh, the prime minister and His wife and by the sounds of this instagram post due at the end of this year,