Meghan Markle is in Labor. Here’s Everything We Know
Baby Sussex is on its way! After months of speculating about when the baby would come, the newest member of the royal family has finally decided to make its way into the world.
Rumors of Markle inducing
As everyone had been on pins and needles waiting for baby Sussex to arrive, fans started to wonder if the Duchess of Sussex was going to have to be induced to have her baby.
Usually, doctors can wait until a woman is 42 weeks pregnant to induce, but with Markle’s age, the longer the wait, the riskier. Women aged 35 and older are encouraged to induce earlier. Markle is currently 37 years old.
A change in birthing plans
Last week, the palace announced that Prince Harry would go to the Netherlands from May 8-9, stopping in Amsterdam and then going to The Hague to launch the one-year countdown until next year’s Invictus Games.
However, later his plans changed to only include The Hague, which is coincidentally just an hour flight away from London.
Many fans wondered if this was due to a change in Markle’s birthing plan.
“Due to the logistical planning for the traveling press to cover visits and engagements by The Royal Family, we have taken the decision to postpone The Duke of Sussex’s scheduled visit to Amsterdam on Wednesday 8th May 2019,” a spokesperson told People. “The Duke is currently scheduled to travel to The Hague on Thursday 9th May for the launch of the Invictus Games The Hague 2020 as planned.”
When will we see Baby Sussex?
Markle might be in labor now, but it will still probably be a little while before the public lays eyes on the newest royal.
Though we have gotten used to seeing royal children almost immediately after their births via the photo ops on the hospital steps that royals like Kate Middleton have done, Markle has said that she will not be following that route.
“Buckingham Palace have announced media plans for the Duke & Duchess of Sussex’s baby,” royal correspondent Emily Andrews tweeted last month. “Once #Meghan is in labour, we will be told (like #kate) but the couple will keep where private & won’t be appearing ‘on the hospital steps’ afterwards. There will be a photo op once they’re home.”
“The couple want to enjoy the first few days with #babysussex before a photo op at Windsor Castle grounds,” Andrews continued.
What happens now?
When the baby is born, Queen Elizabeth II will be the first one to be notified. Shortly after, the public will find out through the media.
In addition, a bulletin will be put on an easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace. This bulletin will list the baby’s gender, time of birth, and how Markle and the baby are doing.
When will we find out baby Sussex’s name?
Typically names are announced a few days after the baby is born. The Queen must approve of the child’s name before it can be made official.
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