Meghan Markle’s Alleged Birth Plan Breaks This Long-Standing Royal Tradition

Ahead of her due date, many royal fans want to know: Where will Meghan Markle give birth this spring? And while the Duchess of Sussex has complied with many of Her Majesty’s royal pregnancy rules, she might do away with one long-standing tradition. Meghan Markle might opt out of a St. Mary’s Hospital birth.

Many women before the duchess — including Kate Middleton, Princess Diana, and Princess Anne — welcomed their royal babies at the London hospital’s Lindo Wing. However, Meghan Markle might opt out of this custom.

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Meghan Markle’s birth plan is not like other royal birth plans. |Anthony Devlin – WPA Pool /Getty Images

Meghan Markle’s birth plan

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle plan to move to their new Windsor home ahead of Baby Sussex’s arrival. And, although the Duchess of Sussex plans to work up until her due date, she might want to settle into her new home as the time approaches. Because of that, some think Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could welcome Baby Sussex closer to their new countryside abode. And, others think the duchess might even be considering a home birth.

Place of birth isn’t the only way the Duchess of Sussex is shaking up royal pregnancy protocol. In addition to her choice of hospital (or home birth), Meghan Markle as added a bit more Hollywood to her royal pregnancy and birth plan.

No post-birth photocall

If either scenario pans out, the chances of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex introducing their newborn to the public hours after his or her arrival are slim. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have already made it clear that they want their child to grow up in a normal environment (which is why they moved away from the city). And, posing for photos in front of a crowd of paparazzi and press just hours after your arrival is far from normal.

That said, this idea has not been confirmed and we won’t know whether the Duke and Duchess of Sussex opted out of a photocall until Baby Sussex’s arrival. If they decide to give birth at a Windsor hospital (there’s one just a few minutes down the road from their new home!), they could still pose for photos after — or do so a few days later, too.

She hired a doula

The Duchess of Sussex has a team of experts working with her to ensure a safe pregnancy and birth. However, she added a new member to the palace’s royal baby team — a doula. Meghan Markle has allegedly met with a doula and is working with her before, during, and after her birth. In the royal family, doulas aren’t off-limits, but they aren’t customary. According to The Sun, Meghan Markle is the first royal woman in centuries to use a doula.

Regular acupuncture sessions

In addition to hiring a doula, the Duchess of Sussex has also made acupuncture a regular part of her pregnancy self-care routine. She allegedly sees celebrity acupuncturist, Ross Barr. “Meghan has been having regular acupuncture sessions to help her unwind and relax,” a source close to Barr shared with Vanity Fair. “It’s brilliant for the blood circulation and boosting blood flow to the uterus. She plans to use acupuncture right up to her due date,” they added.


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