Meghan Markle is officially in labour! The Duchess of Sussex is with Prince Harry preparing to welcome their first royal baby, and the world is going crazy.
Emily Nash, HELLO!’s royal editor, announced the news this morning (Monday, May 6) on Twitter, revealing that the Duchess of Sussex had gone into labour “in the early hours of this morning.”
— Emily Nash (@emynash) May 6, 2019
The Royal Family’s Twitter account also tweeted out confirmation of Meghan’s labour soon after:
The Duchess of Sussex went into labour in the early hours of this morning.
The Duke of Sussex was by Her Royal Highnesses’ side. An announcement will be made soon.https://t.co/hFq0te2Owe
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) May 6, 2019
Since this is the 37-year-old’s first baby, there’s no telling how long she’ll be in labour for, but if she’s lucky she’ll follow in her sister-in-law Kate Middleton’s footsteps. With all three of her children, the Duchess of Cambridge delivered quickly and without complications, most recently posing on the steps of the Lindo Wing with Prince Louis less than 8 hours after giving birth to him.
Like Kate, Meghan is believed to have opted to welcome her first child naturally. We bet the Duchess of Sussex is currently doing some controlled breathing exercises and visualizing her little one’s arrival, as part of the hypnobirthing method she’s said to be using to manage her pain. She may also have a doula by her side, right beside her doting prince, who she’s said will be the “best dad.”
5 strange royal birth traditions Meghan Markle gets to skipThe couple broke with royal tradition when they revealed that they’d be keeping the details of their birth plan private, keeping the public guessing on where she’s delivering (we’re guessing a home birth or nearby Frimley Park Hospital, where Prince Harry’s aunt and uncle welcomed their children.) So while Duchess Kate’s Lindo Wing photo opps may be top of mind when you think of royal births, don’t expect to see Meghan glammed up in a dress and heels mere hours hours after pushing out a human. She’s determined to do things differently (and we can’t blame her!).
Earlier this month, Harry and Meghan moved into their new Windsor home, Frogmore Cottage, where they decked out their nursery with vegan, organic paint. They’ll be sharing a first glimpse of their bundle of joy a few days from now, in a private shoot on the grounds of their new abode, and we can’t wait!
We’re hoping that as they settle into life as a family of three they’ll post their own snaps of the world’s newest prince or princess on their new Instagram page, @sussexroyal. Bets have exploded that the royal baby is a girl, especially after Serena Williams referred to her pal’s first child as “she,” but we’ll have to wait and see once Baby Sussex arrives.
Once that happens, the Queen will likely be the first to know before the news trickles through the royal family and finally to excited commoners around the world. The newborn will make history as the first Anglo-American baby born into the British royal family and will be the seventh-in-line to the throne. It’s going to be an exciting day and we’ll have all the updates as royal baby watch continues!
While we wait for Baby Sussex to arrive, here are some of Meghan’s best maternity looks:
Spring 2019: A visit to the charity Smart Works
Meghan gave fans the ultimate throwback three months after she and Prince Harry welcomed baby Archie Harrison. In an Instagram post about her fashionable new initiative with the women’s charity, a capsule collection launching in fall 2019, the new mom shared a behind-the-scenes snap from one of her secret visits to Smart Works (one of her royal patronages). The expectant mom wore a USD$3980 tweed Gucci dress with her wavy brown locks framing her glowing face.