Rumours of a royal home birth have been rife, but now ‘palace insiders’ suggest that THIS is where Meg will deliver …
Ducking out of the spotlight?
Duchess Meghan and her ginger prince are expecting their first child in April and the latest reports suggest that she may not give birth at home, as previously asserted. Also, she may not give birth at the private Lindo Wing of London’s St Mary’s Hospital – where the Duchess of Cambridge, Pippa Middleton and Princess Diana had their babies. So where will she birth? Look we don’t know but those often-quoted ‘sources’ say Meg’s considering having her first baby at Surrey’s Frimley Park Hospital.
While some divisive media outlets are saying Meghan will turn her back on the Lindo Wing because she doesn’t want to do anything that Duchess Kate has done, that’s purely speculation.
What’s much more likely is that Meghan and Harry are simply keen to make their own choices and perhaps they’re hoping to have as little fuss as possible when their baby arrives.
With Meghan already under the microscope for every move she makes, it would be understandable that the couple may be keen to avoid debuting baby Sussex like clockwork, on the Lindo Wing steps in front of the world press.
Perhaps she’d rather have her child privately – possibly at Frimley Park Hospital, or perhaps somewhere else – and share images of the tiny royal in the days after the birth.
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Frimley Park and St Mary’s are both run by the National Health Service (NHS) but St Mary’s – where Kate gave birth to Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis – has a plusher five star experience (champagne, high tea and ensuite bathrooms, if you will.) It also has a fine-tuned security plan in place for these much anticipated royal births.
The royal birthing centre?
Frimley Park perhaps offers a less fancy experience … and also The Mulberry Birth Centre (above). The birth centre facility is equipped with five birthing rooms one of which includes a birthing pool.
“Our birth centres offer a ‘home from home’ environment to mothers-to-be with a straightforward pregnancy that are expected to give birth between 37 and 42 weeks,” the centre’s website explains.
“The rooms are furnished to support your choice of natural birth and create an atmosphere that will help you and your birth partner feel as calm as possible.”
No London birth for Meghan?
Frimley Park is about an hour’s drive from London – where Harry and Meghan live at the moment – and just 30 minutes from Windsor’s Frogmore Cottage – where they’re about to set up their family home.
In other words, logistically this hospital could well be on the shortlist. (And let’s not forget they have a helicopter at their disposal if Meghan should need to be whizzed off to the birthing centre!)
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There’s a royal Surrey precedent (two actually!)
This would not be the first Frimley Hospital birth connected the royal family.
“Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, and Prince Edward used Frimley Park hospital for the birth of their two children, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn,” Surrey Live reports.
That would mean that there’s already a security strategy in place for this facility, making it even more likely that they’re considering a Surrey birth. Time will tell!
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