Royal mum-to-be Meghan Markle has already proven that she has no qualms about breaking tradition. This past fall, she caused quite a stir when she closed her own car door. Now, royal watchers are predicting another shift - this time, when it comes to where the Duchess may be giving birth.
For many royals, the prestigious Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital Paddington has been the maternity ward of choice. Princess Anne, Princess Diana and Kate Middleton have all delivered there, famously posing on the steps in the hours following their well-anticipated births. With high-end amenities, top-notch care and a level of privacy and security certainly fit for royal parents, it's almost a no-brainer.
But Harry and Meghan have yet to announce where the Duchess will deliver their first child, due sometime this spring. Moreover, they are also planning to leave Kensington Palace and settle in a new residence in Windsor ahead of their due date, which would put them around 45 minutes away from St. Mary's. Finally, their new home at Frogmore Cottage puts them slightly closer to another leading hospital called Frimley Park Hospital, which, incidentally, has seen its own share of royal births. Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, and wife of Prince Charles' younger brother Edward gave birth to her daughter Lady Louise Windsor at Frimley Park in 2003.
But don't count the Lindo Wing out just yet. According to recent reports, there may be a reason to believe Meghan will give birth there after all. Staff have allegedly been asked not to take holidays this spring, which many believe is because this is when the royal baby is due.
"Staff at the Lindo Wing have been asked not to take holiday in April. Everyone thinks it’s got something to do with the royal baby but no one is confirming anything," said a source.
Duncan Larcombe, author of Prince Harry: The Inside Story, disagrees. He believes that Meghan will not choose the Lindo Wing due to her reported strained relationship with her sister-in-law, Kate.
"It’s another clue to the fact that Meghan clearly doesn’t have the kind of relationship with Kate where she’ll take her advice and she’ll listen to her," he said. "It’s another sign perhaps that behind closed doors they’re not as close as we might assume."
There is no official rule that royal parents-to-be must deliver at the Lindo Wing, so until an official announcement is made, the speculation continues!
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