Meghan Markle Might Shun The Posh Hospital Where The Royals Give Birth

Meghan Markle

Today in ‘Meghan Markle breaks from royal tradition’ news, the UK press is clutching its pearls at rumors that the Duchess of Sussex is planning to forego giving birth at the posh Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital when she has her first bub next year.

This would be big news if it’s true, as every royal baby who’s anyone has been born there in recent times – Princes Harry and William were both born in the private maternity wing, and Kate Middleton popped out all three of her little ones there as well.

As to where Meghan Markle might be planning to give birth to her first child, we don’t really know for sure, although per reports in Vanity Fair, she and Harry are said to be considering their “options”, giving rise to the rumour that it might not be St Mary’s.

All that said, the Lindo Wing does sound nice as hell – per their spiel to prospective mums:

“You will be able to spend your precious first hours or days in one of our modern private, en suite rooms, and all meals will be made to order on site by our team of talented chefs. You can even order a celebratory high tea with optional champagne to welcome your new arrival.”

Whatever happens, Markle’s mum Doria Ragland is likely to be taking on heavy grandparent duties, with reports that, in addition to a nursery, the couple are drawing up plans for a “mother-in-law suite” at their residence. A source claimed:

“Doria plans to be around a lot when the baby arrives, and there are plans for her to have a dedicated space at their new home. She wants to be on hand to help Meghan and Harry with the baby. Doria will be involved and if she’s involved she will be encouraging Meg to go for a natural birth.”

The baby’s due date is not known, although it is speculated that Markle was around 15 weeks pregnant when she and Harry visited Australia earlier in the year.