Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Royal Baby: Everything We Know

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's royal baby is coming. The future member of the Sussex family is expected to arrive this spring, and the Internet can hardly wait. It was only in October that Kensington Palace revealed Markle and Prince Harry were expecting, and since then there have been several reports speculating the baby's name, sex, and how the parents-to-be are planning for this big life change. Instead of scouring for tidbits, we're dropping everything that's known about Baby Sussex in this handy post. Read on, and mark your calendars for late April/early May. You'll find out why in just a sec.

1. The name. We won't know this until Markle gives birth, but she and Prince Harry reportedly have a "long list" of baby names. In the meantime, though, they've nicknamed Baby Sussex their "little bump."

2. The sex. Markle and Prince Harry will wait until the birth to learn the sex of Baby Sussex, as is royal tradition. "Traditionally, the royal couple does not learn the sex of the baby until the birth," Myka Meier, founder and director of Beaumont Etiquette, tells Glamour. "Beside the people in the delivery room, it's tradition that the queen is first to be told of the new arrival via phone call. While there are many royal baby traditions that have been broken in recent generations—such as Princess Diana being the first to birth a royal baby outside of a palace and, instead, in a hospital—saving sex reveal for the day of birth is likely one that will stay for generations to come."

3. The due date. Baby Sussex is due in late April/early May, according to royals reporters who overheard Markle tell this to well-wishers in Birkenhead, England, on January 14.

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4. The birth plan. It's been reported that Markle might break from the tradition of giving birth at the Lindo Wing of London's St. Mary's Hospital, which is where Middleton had all three of her children. A home birth could be on the table, which isn't that much of a leap, since Queen Elizabeth II had all four of her children at home.

5. The home. Markle and Prince Harry are relocating from Kensington Palace to Frogmore Cottage, which is on the grounds of Windsor Castle. This is where they're planning to raise their child for the time being.

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6. The nursery. Vanity Fair reports that Markle and Prince Harry are in the midst of setting up their "eco-friendly, gender-neutral nursery," which will come equipped with a playroom and two bedrooms—including one for Markle's mother, Doria Ragland. The color scheme, per VF, is white and gray and will include "top-of-the-line cameras, security windows, and a state-of-the-art stereo system." “They are going all out with the refurbishment of the house, and as Harry loves his gadgets, it’s going to be very cool. They’ll be able to control everything from their smartphones,” a friend tells the magazine.

7. The nanny. For now, Markle and Prince Harry are reportedly not hiring outside help and will instead rely on Markle's mother for when they're in a pinch.

8. The doula. Us Weekly reports that Markle has been working with a doula in the lead up to giving birth. A doula would also typically be present to assist the birthing process once a woman goes into labor. “Meghan is focused on calm and positive energy around the birth—she’s a big believer in that,” their source says. And Prince Harry is focused on "doing everything he can to make sure Meghan’s comfortable and happy.”

Published at Fri, 01 Feb 2019 13:30:00 +0000