Meghan Markle Might Not Give Birth at the Hospital Where Kate Middleton Gave Birth
Megan Markle and Prince Harry are expecting their first child in the Spring of 2019. Twice the public has watched Princess Diana walk out of the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital in London with Prince William and Prince Harry in her arms with Prince Charles by her side.
On three different occasions, the public has watched Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge follow the same routine as Princess Diana. Shortly after she gave birth to Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, she stepped out on the same steps with Prince William by her side. Kate dressed in similar outfits as Princess Diana wore.
Reporters and photographers waited for hours outside the hospital watching for the new royal mothers to step out with their babies. That might not happen the same way when Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan show off their new baby in a few months.
A Different Hospital
According to People magazine, Meghan might not give birth at St. Mary's Hospital in the Lindo Wing. Some news sources first reported that she might give birth at home. If so, she would be following in the footsteps of Queen Elizabeth who gave birth to all four of her children at home in Buckingham Palace.
When Queen Elizabeth gave birth to her first child, Prince Charles, she was 22 years old and was in labor for 30 hours.
The idea of Meghan giving birth at home has been dismissed. Now there are predictions that she will neither give birth at home or at the same hospital where the baby's father was born. Instead, the royal couple is considering having their first child at Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey.
Reasons for Giving Birth at a Different Hospital
It is not that Prince Harry and Meghan have anything against St. Mary's Hospital. There are valid reasons for choosing a different hospital.
Kensington Palace has confirmed that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will have moved to Frogmore Cottage by the time their baby is born in the spring. That means they will be about 25 miles away from London. Frimley is about 15 miles from Frogmore. That is much closer to the couple's new home and more accessible than the busy streets in Central London where St. Mary's is located. It is not unusual for pregnant women to go to the nearest hospital to give birth.
Not First Royal to Give Birth at Frimley Park
If the Duchess of Sussex does give birth at Frimley Park, she will not be the first royal to do so. Prince Edward's wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, gave birth to her two children at Frimley Park Hospital.
Sophie's first child, Lady Louise Windsor was born on November 8, 2003, by emergency cesarean after the Countess was rushed to Frimley with severe abdominal pains. Prince Edward and Sophie's second child, James, Viscount Severn, was born on December 17, 2007 at Frimley Park without complications.
As you can see from the above photo of Frimley Park Hospital, it is much smaller than St. Mary's Hospital in London. There are no steps for the new mother to stand on as she holds her baby.
The Duke and Duchess are probably not concerned about that just as they were not concerned that there was no balcony for them to kiss when they got married at a smaller church at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018.
Spring of 2019
It is no surprise that Prince Harry and Meghan might not follow in the footsteps of Prince William and Kate. The younger couple is known to go against traditional and do things their own way whenever they can. Having their baby at a different hospital just might be another tradition they will break.
Much more information about the birth of Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan's firstborn will be revealed in the coming months. Bookmakers are betting on the exact date of the birth, the weight of the baby, and possible names.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex reportedly have said that they do not want their baby to have a royal title. Of course, Queen Elizabeth will make the final decision concerning that matter.