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
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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.

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Just one week ago, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex asked that you kindly consider supporting various organisations around the world in lieu of sending gifts for the upcoming arrival of their first born. Not only did many of you lend your support, you took action. Their Royal Highnesses wanted you to know the impact of your support – the direct effect your donation, energy, and action made! YOU chose to be part of the collective good, and you have made a real difference. Whether a $5 donation, £1000 contribution, offering to volunteer, or spreading the word – you’ve played your part. And on behalf of The Duke and Duchess (and Baby Sussex), we thank you so much. YOUR IMPACT: @thelunchboxfund will now be able to provide a minimum of 100,000 additional hot nutritionally fortified meals to children in dire need across South Africa @littlevillagehq received donations from all over the world (from UAE to Hong Kong and the US), they’ve increased their monthly donors, had a surge in volunteer applications, and re-energized their hard working team of 200+ staff and volunteers @wellchild can now provide 300+ additional hours of specialist care by a Well Child Nurse for a child with serious health needs, allowing families to stay together at home vs in hospital @Baby2Baby have received over 5,000 products to disperse to children in need, including cribs, books, backpacks, diapers and have received monetary donations from around the globe – from Guadalajara to Italy. You made this happen. Thank you.

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“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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