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Everything We Know So Far About Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Baby

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have just announced that they're keeping their birth plans "private"-but there are still a few things we know.
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Meghan Markle’s due date is rumored to be nearing, but details about the new royal baby are still scarce. Here's everything we know about the future member of the Sussex family, from when and where the child may arrive to the plan for the baby’s first official photo.

WHEN IS MEGHAN DUE?

In the official announcement this past October, Meghan and Harry shared that they are expecting their first child in the spring of 2019, and Meghan had already had her 12-week scan. Soon after, royal correspondents began speculating that her due date would be in March or April.

Later, during her visit to Birkenhead with Prince Harry in January, Meghan reportedly told one member of the crowd that she was six-months pregnant at the time and shared with another that she is due around April.

Harry and Meghan are choosing to keep their birth plans private, but it is understood that there will be an announcement when the Duchess has gone into labor, and another following the birth.

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IS MEGHAN HAVING A BOY OR A GIRL?

While on a visit to Birkenhead in January, Meghan reportedly said they're keeping the baby's gender a surprise. But in recent weeks, rumors have swirled that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle do know the sex of their baby, they just aren't sharing the news publicly.

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Citing "sources close to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex" Elle reports that "Harry and Meghan have found out the sex of their newborn, but the couple has elected to keep it a surprise from the public."

Harry's brother Prince William, and his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, were also famously quiet about the genders of all three of their children until Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and little Prince Louis each made their public debuts on the steps of the Lindo Wing.

THE NURSERY HAS BEEN THOUGHTFULLY DECORATED.

“According to sources who are helping with [their new home] renovations, the nursery itself is going to be very modern,” royal reporter Katie Nicholl told ET in January. “Don't expect to see any baby pink or baby blue. Apparently, it's going to be a monochrome palette—whites and grays, I'm told, will be the color theme for baby Sussex's nursery."

Harry and Meghan reportedly moved into their newly renovated home in Windsor earlier this month.

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A view of the royal couple’s new home in Windsor, Frogmore Cottage.

WHERE WILL MEGHAN DELIVER BABY SUSSEX?

The palace announced that the royal couple has “taken a personal decision to keep the plans around the arrival of their baby private.” Despite reports that the staff at the Lindo Wing—the maternity ward used by Kate Middleton, Princess Diana, and other royals—had been asked to not take vacation near Meghan’s due date, it now seems unlikely that she’s chosen the royal-preferred hospital.

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There are even rumors that Meghan will have a home birth, although it’s also possible that she and Harry have selected another hospital. The Daily Mail recently reported that Meghan had declined to use the royal household’s gynecologist, and had instead found her own medical team, lead by a female doctor. (The royal gynecologists will still be on hand if anything goes wrong.)

But at this point, it's unlikely that we'll get clarity on where Meghan will deliver before the baby is born, if ever.

WILL WE GET A PHOTO OF THE BABY IN MEGHAN'S ARMS?

Over the past few decades, it's become expected for royal babies to be photographed in their mothers' arms just hours after birth. But Meghan and Harry have decided not to do so.

When the palace released a statement noting that the birth plans would remain private, it also acknowledged that there wouldn’t be a photocall. “The Duke and Duchess look forward to sharing the exciting news with everyone once they have had an opportunity to celebrate privately as a new family,” the statement read. It’s understood that in the days following the birth, they will pose for a photo.

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“It will probably be within a few days of the birth, but there is no time limit,” a source told Vanity Fair. “It will depend on how the birth goes and how the Duchess is feeling.


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Harry and Meghan meet a young fan during their visit to Australia this past fall.

BOOKIES ARE ALREADY TAKING BETS ON THE BABY'S NAME.

It what has become something of a British tradition, oddsmakers started placing their bets just after Meghan’s pregnancy was announced. As of now, Elizabeth is holding on as the crowd favorite on Ladbrokes with 6/1 odds, and there may be a special reason for that. In addition to the obvious—Queen Elizabeth II being Harry's grandmother—many suspect that the royal baby will be born in late April, and if he or she manages to come into the world on Easter this year, the child will share more than just blood with its regal great-grandmother: they will also share a birthday. Adding a first name to the list of things that the Queen would have in common with the infant would only make sense.

Of course, Elizabeth is far from the only name in the running. Diana, the name of Prince Harry's late mother, currently ranks high on most lists—it's the top pick on Betfair and holds second place on Ladbrokes with 8/1 odds. Likewise Victoria, an homage to Prince Harry's ancestor Queen Victoria, is also a top choice, along with Albert, the name of Queen Victoria's beloved husband.

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WILL THE ROYAL BABY HAVE A TITLE?

Regardless of whether the baby is a boy or a girl, Prince Harry's child will be seventh in line to the throne, behind his or her father, and will remain ahead of any other children Harry and Meghan have in the future. But he or she might not be a prince or princess.

Due to a century-old rule regarding royal titles, if it's a boy, he will be styled as Earl of Dumbarton, and if it's a girl, she will be styled as a Lady similar to how Lady Louise's title is currently styled. That is, unless the Queen steps in and gives the child another title.


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Harry and Meghan visit a local farm in Dubbo, Australia, and meet one of its younger residents.

HARRY AND MEGHAN ANNOUNCED THE NEWS BACK IN OCTOBER, BEFORE KICKING OFF A 16-DAY ROYAL TOUR OF OCEANIA.

"Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019," reads a tweet from Kensington Palace sent on the morning of Monday, October 15.

"Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public."

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