Kensington Palace Breaks Silence on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Birth Plan

News sources have been speculating for months about the nature of Meghan Markle’s birth plan. Up until now, all of those guesses were pure guesses based on what we know about the Duchess of Sussex and her tendencies. Based on her overwhelming desire for privacy and her willingness to do things her own way, most royal watchers agreed that she probably wasn’t going to follow royal tradition. Now we have official confirmation that those assumptions are correct.

Kensington Palace doesn’t make official announcements about most rumors. Case in point: they refuse to say a word about the alleged Prince William/Rose Hanbury cheating scandal, and rightfully so. Making a statement adds validity to any claim and some are too outrageous to acknowledge.

But when it comes to the Duchess of Sussex’s birth plan, Kensington Palace made a rare exception. Here’s what they said about Meghan Markle’s intended birth plan.

Meghan Markle
Meghan Markle | Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage

Kensington Palace confirmed that Baby Sussex’s birth plan will be a private affair

The palace made the official announcement on Thursday:

“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 statement said.

“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.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | Karwai Tang/WireImage

What does the Kensington Palace statement mean?

The statement seems to confirm what royal fans assume: Meghan Markle won’t be taking the now-famous photo on the steps of the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital like Kate Middleton did with her three children and Princess Diana did with Prince William and Prince Harry. Instead, she’ll share those few precious hours after the baby’s birth with her closest family members.

There are no rules when it comes to how a royal family member must handle the birth – there are just traditions that are followed most of the time. Most recently, rumors started circulating that Meghan Markle is choosing to use her own female doctors instead of trusting her care to Queen Elizabeth’s top-ranked staff of medical professionals.

When will the baby arrive?

Meghan Markle
Meghan Markle | Hannah McKay – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Based on the timing of the birth announcement and some other comments made throughout the Duchess’ pregnancy, royal experts believe Meghan Markle will deliver in late April or early May. There is no word on whether she’s having a boy or girl and what names are being considered, though most fans assume the name will honor the late Princess Diana in some way.

The couple finally finished up renovations at their new home in the country, Frogmore Cottage and Meghan Markle is officially on maternity leave awaiting the baby’s arrival. No doubt this royal baby will be worth the wait!