Is This the Reason Why Meghan Markle Is Considering a Home Birth?

For months, royal experts and fans have tried to predict Meghan Markle’s birth plan. And now, with the Duchess of Sussex’s due date quickly approaching, many are convinced the mother-to-be will welcome her firstborn son or daughter at home.

Most modern royal women have welcomed their babies at the St Mary’s Hospital Lindo Wing and posed for a photocall just hours later. Princess Diana delivered both Prince William and Prince Harry at the famed hospital and Kate Middleton welcomed all three of her children there, too. However, Meghan Markle might opt for a more private, at-home birth like Queen Elizabeth and the royal women before her did.

Meghan Markle
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry | BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images

Does tradition play a part in Meghan Markle’s alleged decision to have a home birth? We think not. Up ahead, find out why some believe the Duchess of Sussex is considering a home birth at Frogmore Cottage.

Why does Meghan Markle want a home birth?

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their bundle of joy later this month and some believe they will try for a home birth. However, if things don’t go according to plan, Meghan Markle is fully prepared to give birth in a hospital if necessary.

A source confirmed that while Meghan Markle is in good health, she hasn’t ruled out a potential hospital birth for safety reasons. “It is her favored choice, but it obviously depends on how things are nearer the time,” the unnamed source revealed to Daily Mail.

The queen’s doctors might have something to do with it

View this post on Instagram

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.

A post shared by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (@sussexroyal) on

Why does Meghan Markle want a home birth? Some think it has something to do with Queen Elizabeth’s doctors. “Meghan said she doesn’t want the men in suits. She was adamant that she wanted her own people. It did leave a few of us baffled,” says a Daily Mail source. “It is slightly surprising. These people [the Queen’s doctors] are the best of the best and when it comes down to it, their role would actually be very limited in the birth itself, assuming all goes to plan,” another insider dished.  

That said, Meghan Markle’s refusal of Queen Elizabeth’s doctors has not been confirmed by the royal family and might not be reason enough to have a home birth. After all, if it were really about the doctors, she could hire a team of her own for the hospital birth.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex want privacy

The real reason Prince Harry and Meghan Markle want a home birth? It might have something to do with privacy. According to Kensington Palace, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex plan to keep the arrival of their baby as private as possible.

“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 last week. “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.”  

A hospital birth risks media attention, which could be why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are considering something more intimate and private such as a home birth.

Check out The Cheat Sheet on Facebook!