Will Meghan Markle Have a Home Birth? She Wouldn’t Be the First Royal

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Across the pond, rumors abound that the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, has plans for a home birth. While recent royal births have been in posh hospital delivery suites, the Duchess of Sussex’s plan isn’t exactly out of the ordinary.

The very public births of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s three children were all strictly hospital events. Middleton gave birth at the Lido Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital for all three of her children, making a somewhat magical exit within hours of giving birth.

It’s become a bit of a tradition for the Duchess of Cambridge to emerge to waiting cameras with her newborn in her arms—as it was for Prince William and Harry’s mum, too, when they were born.

It seems as though Markle may not want the same media attention. According to Vanity Fair, some insiders say that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are considering either a birth at home or at a hospital near Windsor.

It certainly makes sense, given that they’re moving out of Kensington Palace before the royal baby arrives—again, to be out of the spotlight. Neither Kensington Palace nor Markle has confirmed the couple’s birth plan. Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, is also reportedly planning to move in for a short time to be with the couple at their new home at Frogmore Cottage at Windsor Palace after the baby is born.

If Markle does give birth at home, she certainly isn’t breaking from tradition. Even though Princess Diana gave birth to Princes William and Harry in the Lido Wing of St. Mary’s, generations of British royals have had home births. This includes the the current Queen, Elizabeth II herself: she gave birth in Buckingham Palace!

—Erica Loop

Featured photo: Kensington Royal via Instagram 

 

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