Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Prepare For Royal Baby
The time is getting closer for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to welcome their first baby in the Spring of 2019. Like most expecting parents, they are making preparations to welcome the baby. Some of their plans are the same as other new parents, but some of their plans are quite different. That's because Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are known to do their own things that are quite different from people and some of the other royals.
Their engagement was different. Their wedding ceremony was different. Many things in their marriage so far have been different. Therefore, it is no surprise that they will raise their baby their own way. It is interesting that while that don't often follow royal traditions, they seem to be on one accord, and the two of them agree on what they do and don't do.
Getting Frogmore Cottage Ready
Kensington Palace announced several weeks ago that the couple will move to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor before their baby is born. Queen Elizabeth gave the property to them as a gift when they got married. Last November, the royal couple submitted plans for extensive renovation work that was needed on the cottage.
The house needed a lot of renovations so the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have left the major project up to Soho House’s lead interior designers to renovate the property with Vicky Charles, Soho Farmhouse’s design director, in charge of the project that is estimated to be about $3 million. The house will include a $66,010 green energy unit that provides electricity, heat, and hot water.
Vicky Charles is no stranger to working with high profile clients. She comes with recommendations from George and Amal Clooney and David and Victoria Beckham.
Meghan herself knows a lot about interior design so she will decide on plans for the kitchen, living area and definitely the nursery. According to Vanity Fair, Meghan and Harry are going all out with the renovations. The house will be modernized so that everything will be controlled from smartphones.
All of the Duke and Duchess' plans for Frogmore have not been revealed yet. What is known is that they plan to transform the property into a five-bedroom family home.
Kensington Palace revealed that costs for the building work will be paid by the Sovereign Grant. Any decorative updates must be paid for by Prince Harry and Meghan themselves.
Frogmore Cottage is very special for the Sussexes because it will be their new official residence as a family. Not only that, but it faces the grounds of their evening wedding reception venue, Frogmore House when they got married on May 19, 2018.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Prepare for Royal Baby
Getting the Nursery Ready
It is no surprise that the baby's nursery will be eco-friendly. It might be surprising that the baby's space will be gender-neutral. According to Vanity Fair, the nursery will not be painted a traditional blue, pink or any pastel color. Instead, it will have a white-and-gray color scheme that will include vegan and organic paint.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are so serious about having everything just right that they are using the Organic & Natural Paint Co., a United Kingdom-based company that specializes in organic and natural paints with more than 80 hues.
Unlike most babies, the royal baby will have more than one room. The space for the royal baby will include a bedroom for sleeping, a playroom, and a spare bedroom for the baby's grandmother when Doria Ragland moves in to help when the baby is first born.
Doria is moving in to help Meghan out with the baby initially, but she will not a nanny. Meghan and Harry are planning to raise the baby on their own.
They want to be hands-on parents without the help of a nanny. They are looking forward to using their own parenting skills to raise their child. If they decide they need a nanny later, they could change their mind.
No Gender Reveal Party
A gender reveal party is out of the question. This is one royal tradition the couple will not break. The gender of royal babies is not revealed until after the baby is born. According to most reports, the parents want to be surprised themselves whether they are having a boy or girl.