Did Meghan Markle Give Birth at Frogmore Cottage?

This afternoon, Prince Harry stood outside of his Windsor Estate home, Frogmore Cottage to confirm the arrival of his and Meghan Markle’s first child, a baby boy. Born at 5:26 A.M. BST and weighing 7 pounds, 3 ounces, Baby Sussex and his mother are “doing incredibly well,” the Duke of Sussex beamed while making his announcement.

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Meghan Markle | Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage

As expected, many of the birth details are still under wraps, including where Meghan Markle delivered her son. However, some pretty significant clues — including one revealing hint in Buckingham Palace’s statement — point to a home birth.

Where did Meghan Markle have her baby?

Did Meghan Markle have a home birth at Frogmore Cottage? It’s entirely possible. After all, it’s where the Duke of Sussex stood outside while sharing the news with members of the press. Additionally, Buckingham Palace released a statement confirming that Meghan Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland was “with Their Royal Highnesses at Frogmore Cottage.”

Marie Claire notes that the possibility of a hospital birth is slim, as the announcement was made around 2:00 P.M. allowing little turnaround. Not to mention: How did they go unnoticed? “That would be a very quick turnaround, to have Meghan deliver at a hospital at 5 a.m. [sic], then go back home, with no one spotting it, and now be home resting just after 2 p.m. [sic],” the publication noted after Prince Harry and the palace’s afternoon announcement. They also note how hospitals in the United Kingdom tend to send new moms home safely than in the United States. However, the press and others would have likely noticed such activity.

Why did Meghan Markle want a home birth?

Leading up to Baby Sussex’s arrival, it was widely believed that the Duchess of Sussex was considering a home birth. And although her real reasons for one are unknown, we wouldn’t be surprised if it had to do with privacy.

In an announcement ahead of their due date, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made it clear that their birth plan will remain private and they did not plan on posing for photos shortly after their baby’s arrival like Prince William and Kate Middleton (as well as other royals). Because of that, Prince Harry’s announcement this afternoon took us by surprise, but the fact that he was standing outside of Frogmore Cottage didn’t.

A home birth would have allowed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle the safety, security, and privacy they sought for this experience. There would be no rush to the hospital, no cameras or press anxiously waiting outside, and no sight of Meghan Markle and her son until she and baby are ready — which, according to Prince Harry’s interview, could be as early as Wednesday.

The Duchess of Sussex wanted to have a birth experience of her own — not one copied by countless other royal women. Most modern royal women have hospital births at St Mary’s in London. But, with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s recent relocation to Windsor, it might have made more sense for the royals to welcome their child closer to home, or even in their home.

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