Royal Statement Provides Big Clue About When Meghan Markle’s Baby Will Be Born

The anticipation over the arrival of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s first baby is building — and it’s believed that Markle could give birth any day. While the Duchess of Sussex’s due date has not been revealed, there could be a small clue in a recent royal statement that points to the baby coming very, very soon.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a Commonwealth Day Youth Event at Canada House
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage

This royal statement might hold a clue you missed

As fans of the royals try to predict the baby’s birthday, gender, and name, there might just have been a clue that went unnoticed.

Buckingham Palace recently released a statement that touched on Prince Harry and Markle’s decision to keep their birth plan private — fair enough, but there’s a hint in there, not in the actual text of the statement, but in the details surrounding when such Royal Communications are released.

Confused? First, let’s look at what the palace announced:

“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.”

Here’s the small detail about the timing of the statement

There’s something interesting that was discovered about the timing of the statement, which is called an “operational note.”

On the Royal Communications website, in the ‘press releases and announcements’ section of their Media Centre welcome page, the following is explained: “Royal visits and events are announced periodically in our Royal Diary section. An operational note with details about the engagement is released approximately 5-10 days prior to the event by Royal Communications.”

Notice the explanation of “5 to 10 days prior to the event” for an “operational note,” which is what the palace released concerning Prince Harry and Markle’s request for privacy surrounding the birth of Baby Sussex.

Given that tiny detail, the baby could literally be born any day now — the operational note was released on April 11, which could indicate the baby will be born in the next week.

When will the public know about Baby Sussex’s birth?

Of course, given the content of the statement, fans will likely have a bit of a wait to hear the news, as it explained, they’ll be “sharing the exciting news with everyone once they have had an opportunity to celebrate privately as a new family.” Many wonder if that means hours later… or perhaps days.

British betting company Ladbrokes has the odds of Baby Sussex arriving between Good Friday and the day following Easter at 3-1. Easter day and he the Queen’s 93rd birthday fall on April 21, so many are predicting the baby’s arrival that day, with Jessica Bridge, of Ladbrokes, sharing: “Royal fans would love a double celebration over the Easter weekend with Her Majesty’s birthday on Sunday, and potentially Baby Sussex arriving as well. Punters are still convinced the duke and duchess will be welcoming a little girl into the world.”