Royal Baby Watch: Doria Ragland Arrives in London Ahead of Meghan Markle’s Due Date

The royal baby watch just got real. Earlier this week, Meghan Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland arrived in the United Kingdom from Los Angeles ahead of Baby Sussex’s arrival.

While her exact due date is unknown, Meghan Markle hinted at the end of April — aka, this week! — or early May. And many believe Grandma Doria’s arrival is an indication that the Duchess of Sussex is expecting her bundle of joy any day now.

Doria Ragland and Meghan Markle
Doria Ragland and Meghan Markle | Steve Parsons – Pool / Getty Images

When will Meghan Markle give birth?

As her due date approaches, the Duchess of Sussex is likely anticipating the next couple of weeks. That said, the public won’t know when Meghan Markle’s goes into labor. In a statement made by Kensington Palace, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle revealed their birth plans, making it clear that they won’t alert the press or stand on the steps of the Lindo Wing following their baby’s arrival. They will instead share photos of them as a family of three at a later date.

“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very grateful for the goodwill they have received from people throughout the United Kingdom and around the world as they prepare to welcome their baby,” the palace said in a statement. “Their royal highnesses have taken a personal decision to keep the plans around the arrival of their baby private. The Duke and Duchess look forward to sharing the exciting news with everyone once they have had an opportunity to celebrate privately as a new family,” they confirmed.

The break from tradition did not surprise most royal family fans, as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex tend to break the mold often. And, after the backlash Kate Middleton experienced for getting dolled up hours after giving birth, many can relate to the duchess’s decision to forgo a photocall. “Meghan Markle does not want the pressure of having to pose on the steps for cameras so soon after childbirth,” an unnamed source dished to Entertainment Tonight.

How will the royal family distract the public when Meghan Markle goes into labor?

Since they don’t plan on sharing Meghan Markle’s labor and delivery details with the public, the royal family’s communications team will likely have to distract the public (and paparazzi) when the Duchess of Sussex goes into labor.

Over the next couple of weeks, the Sussex Instagram account might share posts detailing some behind-the-scenes work, such as this one detailing the organizations that have benefitted from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wishes for charitable donations instead of gifts. Additionally, the royal family could distract by making important announcements or sharing more personal photos from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Prince William and Kate Middleton, and other members of the royal family.

By focusing on the royal family’s work and keeping in constant contact with the public — aka, remaining active on social media — their communications team might successfully distract from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s absence.

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