Meghan Markle ‘Under No Pressure’ to Follow Kate Middleton’s Birth Plan
It’s been well documented that Meghan Markle doesn’t feel bound by the royal rules and, while the palace issued a statement that Markle isn’t sharing the details of her birth plan, it’s likely it won’t be anything like the way Kate Middleton did things.
Markle doesn’t face the same type of pressure
Certainly, Markle has had more than her fair share of media attention but the expectations for the arrival of Baby Sussex are quite different.
Markle is definitely bucking with tradition and the notion that “this is the way that things have always been done,” reportedly opting not to deliver their baby at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital or pose on the steps outside to introduce Baby Sussex to the world, as Kate Middleton and Princess Diana had done in the past.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle want to keep things private
Buckingham Palace released a statement to let royal baby fans know that the details of Prince Harry and Markle’s birth plan would be kept private and fans likely wouldn’t know about the birth of Baby Sussex right away.
The statement noted:
“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. 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.”
Markle and Prince Harry are shaking things up
The fact that Prince Harry and Markle aren’t adhering to the typical traditions has won over many fans, with royal author Ingrid Seward telling PEOPLE magazine: “People are delighted that Meghan is doing things differently. She was under no pressure to do things the same.”
Additionally, Seward explained why the couple isn’t so keen on the delivery at St. Mary’s hospital, noting, “It is completely understandable. The Lindo Wing has become too much of a circus.”
Prince Harry and Markle are expected to pose on the grounds of Windsor Castle, as they recently made the move to their new home at Frogmore Cottage, but it’s unclear when that will happen. It’s also expected that the first big reveal of Baby Sussex’s name and photo will be posted to their new Instagram account.
Baby Sussex will arrive ‘any day’
It’s unclear where Baby Sussex will be born, though options in the town of Windsor include Princess Margaret Hospital and King Edward VII Hospital, or the couple could choose Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey. There are also rumblings that Prince Harry and Markle will opt for a home birth, which would actually follow in the footsteps of the Queen, who had three sons at Buckingham Palace and a daughter at Clarence House.
As for when the baby will be born, a royal source told ET that he or she is expected “any day” now and, of course, bets are being placed that Baby Sussex will arrive on Easter Sunday, which is also the Queen’s 93rd birthday.