Who Will be the First to Know When Meghan Markle Gives Birth?

Meghan Markle’s due date is quickly approaching (end of April or early May), and the world can’t wait to meet Baby Sussex.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry | Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry | Chris Jackson – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Markle, as expected, has had nothing short of a graceful pregnancy. She’s kept up with a busy schedule speaking on panels, going on trips, and even fitting in date nights with her husband here and there, all while looking incredible in her $600,00 maternity wardrobe.

The Queen herself has been impressed with the work ethic Markle’s maintained while pregnant.

The first person to be notified when Meghan Markle gives birth

The world is on pins and needles awaiting the birth of Baby Sussex, but the Royal family hasn’t been known to broadcast the news to the public right away after a royal birth.

According to Hello Magazine, the Queen will be notified first. Apparently, when Prince George was born, William called his grandmother to tell her the news with the use of a highly private, encrypted phone. After William told his grandmother, he went on to notify Kate’s family, and then his own, prior to notifying the public a few hours later.

So it’s a safe bet that Markle’s birth announcement will follow a similar pattern.

Who do Meghan and Harry tell after the Queen?

So after Markle gives birth and Prince Harry notifies his grandmother, what happens next? According to Hello Magazine, an official statement will be made to let the public know. The royal family has also posted about births on the Kensington Palace twitter page in the past, but now that Markle and Harry have their own social presence, they’ll probably post their announcement there.

“Welcome to our official Instagram; we look forward to sharing the work that drives us, the causes we support, important announcements, and the opportunity to shine a light on key issues. We thank you for your support, and welcome you to @sussexroyal.- Harry & Meghan,” read their first post.

It’s probably safe to bet that the birth of Baby Sussex falls under “important announcements.”

In addition to phoning the Queen, releasing a statement, and posting to social channels, a confirmation of the birth will be placed on an easel in front of Buckingham Palace. As per tradition, the confirmation will include the Buckingham Palace letterhead and will be signed by Markle’s doctors. It will include the baby’s gender, time of birth, and an update on the wellbeing of the child and mother.

Hello Magazine reports that the Duchess of Cambridge had the same doctors for all three of her births: consultant obstetrician Guy Thorpe-Beeston and consultant gynecologist Alan Farthing. Markle’s doctors haven’t been confirmed (though some outlets are reporting that she has a team of 20 trained professionals at the ready), but we can assume she’ll only be getting the best of care.

The last royal birth announcement tradition includes a gun salute by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery.  

“The basic gun salute is 21 rounds, but if conducted in a royal park, an extra 20 rounds are fired. If fired at the Tower of London, 62 rounds will be fired – the basic 21, a further 20 because the Tower is a Royal Palace and 21 for the city of London,” reports Hello Magazine.

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