It’s hard to spend more than a few minutes on the internet this week without seeing a headline about Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle’s upcoming delivery. But with scant details available about the birthing plans, date, name, or gender, much of the information being dispensed is background.
If Meghan has a home birth, she’ll be returning to Royal tradition.
While many reported that Meghan may be bucking tradition by delivering the baby at home — instead of St. Mary’s Hospital, where sister-in-law Kate Middleton has had all three of her children — the reality is that home births have long been tradition in the Royal Family. Queen Elizabeth gave birth to all four of her children at home, three of them at Buckingham Palace. The first Royal to give birth in a hospital was Princess Diana, who delivered both her sons at St. Mary’s Lindo Wing.
Baby Sussex will have the same astrological sign as Queen Elizabeth.
Based on the impending delivery, it’s safe to say that Meghan and Prince Harry’s first child will be a Taurus, sharing the same astrological sign as Queen Elizabeth, whose birthday is April 21. According to astrologer Chris Love, this could mean a lovingly stubborn child. “Being an earth sign, they’re very stubborn...They live for the finer things in life,” Love tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “Tauruses love to be at home and in the comfort of their own homes; what better way to do that than in a castle.”
Meghan and Prince Harry may raise the baby “gender fluid.”
In a widely-discussed article, The Daily Mail introduced the idea that the royal couple may be choosing to raise their baby without strict gender stereotypes — a revelation that apparently came from the Duchess’s baby shower. A “close friend” of Meghan’s reportedly told the Mail that she had chosen grey, a neutral color, for the nursery, and planned to stay away from traditional gender-specific colors like blue and pink. It’s unclear whether this will prove true or not, with Kensington Palace later calling the claims “totally false.”
The baby will not automatically have an American passport.
At least part of the excitement surrounding Meghan’s delivery is that Baby Sussex will be the first royal born to an American citizen. And while it will be the first British-American royal baby, the infant will not automatically have the ability to travel to the U.S. According to CNN, the royal couple will need to report the baby’s birth to an American consulate, and apply obtain a U.S. passport.
There will be no public unveiling.
Kate Middleton followed in the footsteps of Princess Diana when she posed for pictures with her three new babies outside the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital, creating a spectacle beloved by adorers worldwide. But Meghan and Prince Harry have decided to keep the immediate aftermath private. “The Duke and Duchess look forward to sharing the exciting news with everyone once they have had an opportunity to celebrate privately as a new family,” the Palace said. The two will reportedly allow a limited number of journalists and photographers to visit after the birth, and the pictures will be released afterwards.
Baby Sussex will not necessarily be a prince or princess.
Although the infant will most certainly have royal blood, as the offspring of Prince Harry — sixth in line for the throne — he or she will not automatically be given the title of prince or princess. According to the Telegraph, it will be up to the Queen to choose a title for the infant, which could range from Lord or Lady to Earl.
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