Which Royals Have Had Home Births?

Leading up to the birth of her first child, it was reported that Meghan Markle was considering a home birth rather than having the royal baby at the famed Lindo Wing in St Mary’s hospital like her sister-in-law, Kate Middleton.

We all remember Prince William and his wife smiling on the steps of the maternity ward following the births of Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. But Markle and Prince Harry made it clear that they were not going to follow suit and many believed were opting for a home birth. The Duchess of Sussex wouldn’t be the first royal to deliver a baby in the privacy of her home though.

Meghan Markle
Meghan Markle | Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Here’s who else has done so in the past and why fans are convinced the former actress had baby Sussex at Frogmore Cottage.

Did Markle have a home birth?

Speculation has been swirling about where the duchess had their son and while Markle and Harry chose to keep the birth plans private, there are a few clues that have left fans believing it was at their home in Windsor.

Several media members, who have been keeping a close eye on Harry and Markle’s home, did not notice the duchess leaving at any point over the last few days and there were no ambulances coming or going.

Also, shortly after the birth was announced Monday, Prince Harry spoke to reporters right outside Frogmore. Moreover, there is no signature of any doctor on the official easel for the baby’s birth outside Buckingham Palace.

Finally, the announcement stated that Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, is with her daughter and grandchild at Frogmore and again, there was no sign of anyone coming or going from the residence.

Which royals have had home births?

Queen Elizabeth II holding Prince Edward next to Prince Philip
Queen Elizabeth II holding Prince Edward next to Prince Philip | Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images

One royal lady who previously had an at-home birth was none other than Queen Elizabeth II herself. In fact, Harry’s grandmother gave birth to all four of her children at home. Prince Charles, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward were all born behind the walls of Buckingham Palace, while their sister, Princess Anne, was born at Clarence House.

The queen’s mother also gave birth to her at home as well. Princess Diana was one of the first royals to step away from that tradition and have her children at a hospital. Prince William was the first future monarch to be born in a hospital when Diana opted for the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s in 1982. And even before the late princess did it Elizabeth’s daughter, Anne, had her son, Peter Phillips, at the hospital in 1977.

Regardless of where Markle had her baby we know they are both “doing well” and Prince Harry said everyone is “absolutely thrilled and so grateful for all the love and support.”

Baby Sussex arrived early Monday morning and weighed in at 7 pounds, 3 ounces. As for a name, the prince said they are “still thinking” about that.

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