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The Lindo Wing at London’s St. Mary Hospital has been the backdrop for many royal babies when they made their debut to the world, but it might not be the place where Prince Harry and Meghan’s first baby makes its first appearance.
Sources claim that Meghan wants a different experience from the royal wives who have come before her and that the couple has been going over their options, so it is quite likely that they will not have their baby at the private maternity wing where both Prince Harry and Prince William were born. It is also the place where Kate gave birth three times, praising the staff for their incredible level of care. Patients who decide to give birth at the hospital pay upwards of £7,500, where the finest champagne is on the menu.
Their aides refused to comment on where Meghan and Harry are planning to have their baby, as the couple might not have reached a final decision yet, though Meghan is already under medical care. The couple sought medical advice before travelling to Fiji and Tonga last month by which point Meghan had had her 12-week viability scan.
The current plan is that Harry and Meghan will be living in Windsor ahead of the birth, so they might consider some hospital in or close to Windsor. There has also been talking that Meghan, who has had a straightforward pregnancy so far, might want to have a home birth, which is extremely unlikely as this is her first baby, as any doctor would advise a hospital birth.
The exact that when the baby is due is still unknown. The only information we have been given is that the baby is due in spring next year. Fans are guessing that Meghan was close to 15 months pregnant when she and Harry carried out their Commonwealth tour last month, which means that the baby could be born as early as March.
The run-up to the birth will be the hard part. The couple is currently busy with drawing up plans for a nursery and a mother-in-law suite so that Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, has a place to stay at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor.
“Doria plans to be around a lot when the baby arrives, and there are plans for her to have a dedicated space at their new home,” a source said. “She wants to be on hand to help Meghan and Harry with the baby. Doria will be involved and if she’s involved she will be encouraging Meg to go for a natural birth.”
Meghan is a known yoga practitioner, who lives a healthy lifestyle and is an advocate of early-morning meditation. Reportedly, the Duchess has been reading up on natural-birthing techniques including hypnobirthing, a tip she has taken from Kate’s book, who has used it during all three of her labours.