Meghan Markle birth: Why she’s shunning Queen’s gynaecologists for team of women doctors
9 April 2019, 13:21
Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, has “snubbed” the Queen’s medical team for the birth of her first baby.
While a specific due date has not been revealed, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are believed to be expecting in April.
With the due date only around the corner, reports of Meghan’s alternative birthing plan have been revealed, and they’re not to royal protocol.
A source told the Daily Mail: “Meghan said she doesn’t want the men in suits. She was adamant that she wanted her own people. It did leave a few of us a little baffled.”
Another added: “It is slightly surprising. These people [the Queen’s doctors] are the best of the best and when it comes down to it, their role would actually be very limited in the birth itself, assuming all goes to plan.”
While Meghan reportedly wants her own delivery team, Farthing and Thorpe-Beeston will be on hand if there are any complications with the birth.
The Duchess of Sussex’s birthing plan is already looking to be very different to her sister-in-law’s, Kate Middleton.
Like Princess Diana, Kate has participated in the Lindo Wing tradition for all three of her children.
Kate gave birth in the Paddington hospital, and – like the late Diana – took her newborns to the steps of the hospital for the press to get their first pictures.
However, we are hearing from royal experts that this is not something Meghan will be participating in.
Royal correspondent Omid Scobie has explained: “Given what we know about Meghan, the optics of a totally glamorous, picture-perfect moment hours after giving birth are not quite in alignment with her views on the world.”
With Meghan and Harry having recently moved to their new home at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, it is still currently unknown the hospital where the Duchess will give birth.