You’ve known for a while that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are officially pregnant with their first baby. But, because keeping up with all the news is about as difficult as mastering your first pull up, here’s everything you need to know about the future Lord or Lady Mountbatten-Windsor (more on that title below), in easy-to-read form.
Meghan is due next spring.
As of the announcement day (October 15), Meghan was 12 weeks along in her pregnancy, and she was feeling ‘quite well’ after her 12-week scans. She’ll give birth in the spring, probably around April which means that her baby and Prince Louis will only be a year apart in age.
Harry and Meghan went to Zika-prone countries on their tour, but they took all the precautions.
The announcement came while Meghan and Harry were on the plane to their first royal tour, and two of the countries they visited were Fiji and Tonga, which both had Zika virus. Apparently they got medical advice before they left, and with the help of doctors they decided it was safe to go.
A spokesman said there is no change to their programme in Fiji and Tonga next week despite FCO advice that pregnant women should not travel to the region because of its moderate zika risk.
They said they had sought medical and advice and decided to go ahead with their plans.
– Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) October 15, 2018
There’s already speculation on what the name will be.
It’s a historical tradition that people in England bet on the future royal baby’s name. As of right now, the top contenders for the new kid are traditional, like Alice, Arthur, Philip, Victoria and Diana. One name definitely not in the running? Samantha, the name of Meghan’s half-sister.
Bookmakers Ladbrokes make Samantha a 100-1 outside bet for the royal baby name. Most bookies make traditional royal names eg Alice, Arthur, Philip, Victoria – and, of course, Diana – their early favourites.
– Richard Palmer (@RoyalReporter) October 15, 2018
They spilled the beans at Princess Eugenie’s wedding.
In slightly awkward news, it turns out that Meghan and Harry actually told his family they were having a baby at Princess Eugenie’s wedding.
The child won’t be a prince or a princess, unless Queen Elizabeth makes an exception.
Harry and Meghan’s children will fall right behind him in the order of succession, making this baby 7th in line for the throne when it comes. Whether it’s a girl or a boy, it won’t have the prince or princess title because of a rule created in 1917.
Why? Prince Harry’s kids will be too far removed from Queen Elizabeth to have the Royal Highness title. But she could step and in and change that if she wanted.
The rest of the royal fam is very excited about it.
Kate Middleton and Prince William, unsurprisingly, are really excited for Meghan and Harry. Actually, the exact word was ‘delighted,’ according to a source.
Queen Elizabeth is also ‘delighted for the couple,’ and Meghan’s mother Doria is ‘very happy’ to be a grandma. Cute.
There was actually some controversy over the announcement.
Meghan and Harry chose to announce their news on October 15, which is actually International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. It’s a day to recognise pregnancy loss and infant death due to SIDS, miscarriage, and stillbirth. People on Twitter were not too happy that the most high-profile baby announcement of the year came on that day, of all days.
Meghan and Harry plan on raising their kids in the country.
According to a source who spoke to Us Weekly, Meghan and Harry don’t plan on raising their kids in the hustle and bustle of London. Instead, they like the idea of living at their home in the Cotswolds, which is about two hours outside the city. ‘No one bothers them there,’ the source said. ‘They’re excited to raise children in the country.’
People think Meghan is hinting at her due date with her rings.
One very observant royal fan on Twitter pointed out that during a recent royal engagement, it looked like Meghan was wearing a ring with three different birthstones on it. Here’s a picture of the ring.
And here’s what that person’s theory was:
Im hoping Meghan’s stacked rings represent their birthstones and Baby Sussex is an April baby.
Meghan’s birthstone-green peridot
Baby Sussex birthstone-diamond
Harry’s birthstone-blue sapphire pic.twitter.com/VBB9qjGlVi
– A R I A (@DuchyofSuccess) October 20, 2018
That would mean the royal baby would be due in April, but it’s just a piece of jewellery, so who knows.
People are also assuming the baby will be a girl.
People around the world think Meghan and Harry are having a girl, although there’s not much evidence to support this. One person during the royal tour actually told Harry, ‘I’m predicting it’s going to be a boy,’ and Harry laughed, responding with, ‘Everyone is predicting it’s going to be a girl.’ Again, there’s no proof that this is actually true, but that’s what people are speculating.
During an earlier stop on the tour, Harry even revealed that he *wants* it to be a girl. Someone told him ‘I hope it’s a girl,’ and he said ‘So do I,’ which is really sweet and adorable and very Harry of him.
Harry and Meghan plan on not spoiling their kid.
According to royal expert Omid Scobie, Meghan and Harry intend to ‘bring up children who know the values of normal things in life.’ They’re going to make sure they’re as grounded as royal life will allow. ‘Meghan will take her kids on a subway. They’ll have chores, and jobs one day,’ Scobie told Us Weekly. ‘They won’t be spoiled.’
Meghan’s considering a home birth, skipping the famous Lindo Wing photo.
A source who spoke with Vanity Fair said that Meghan is thinking of skipping the legendary Lindo Wing photo opp after she gives birth. The reason? She might not even have the baby in London. Apparently, they might have the baby in Windsor, where they’ll be living at the time. That makes total sense, but it’d be a major departure from how Kate and Diana delivered their kids.
Meghan’s feeling ‘very pregnant’ these days.
At a recent solo outing, Meghan joked with an elderly woman that although she’s doing ‘very good’ she’s also feeling ‘very pregnant.’ With only three or so months to go, you would!