We're in the thick of the royal baby countdown! Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expecting their first child together, and while the actual due date was never announced or confirmed by the palace, popular opinion is that Meghan is due ... any day now. They announced back in October when she was around 12 weeks pregnant, so pregnancy math tells us that D-Day is getting close! We haven't seen much of Meghan in recent weeks either, so she may be hunkering down and getting ready to welcome the new baby. There have been three royal baby arrivals in the last five years, and people are making some assumptions about what to expect now that Meghan is expecting.
For example, the royal tradition dating back to 1977 is that royal couples deliver in the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital in London. It's on those very steps that the world got their first glimpses of Princes William and Harry, as well as William and Kate's three kids: George, Charlotte, and Louis. But word on the royal street is that Meghan and Harry might be breaking with tradition for their baby, and their reasons make a lot of sense.
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Meghan and Harry are in the process of settling into their new country home in Windsor, Frogmore Cottage. The home is located about 25 miles away from St. Mary's. So rather than make the trek when the time comes (we all know how stressful it can be driving to the hospital while in active labor!), the couple will likely choose to deliver at a hospital closer to their new home. And they have a couple of good options! Princess Margaret Hospital and King Edward VII Hospital are both located in Windsor.
The couple may also be looking to break with tradition for more personal reasons. As it's been the site of the royal births since 1977, the press and the public tend to gather outside the hospital to catch the first glimpse of the new royal baby. Royal couples typically present the new baby to waiting crowds, before getting in a car and retreating to their private homes.
But rumor has it that Meghan and Harry might want a bit more privacy on their big day, and choosing a different hospital might afford them that. Either way, we're excited for this new little one to join the family!