You might be aware that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their first child sometime in Spring. As she’s getting further along in her pregnancy, Meghan Markle is making arrangements for her birth.
Royal fans would assume that she will be delivering her baby in the Lindo Wing, as her sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge, has with all her children. But apparently, Meghan has made alternative arrangements for her first birth. She will be giving birth at Frimley Park, a hospital in Surrey which is far less luxurious than the $8,000 per might Lindo Wing.
I guess this means we won’t be seeing Meghan holding her newborn baby and posing along with her husband, Prince Harry in front of the Lindo Wing steps, in the iconic post-birth pictures we’ve come to expect from the Royals.
According to The Sun, the reason Meghan chose Frimley Park is because it’s run by the NHS (National Health Service), a fact which appealed to her. Lindo Wing, on the other hand, has been compared to a five-star hotel, full with fancy meal menus and champagne.
However, in line with all the feud rumors revolving around the two royal sisters in law, a palace insider said another reason why Meghan has opted out of giving birth at the same as Kate, is because she “doesn’t want to do anything that Kate Middleton has.”
However, despite several reports of feuds between the two, (including one which stated that Meghan and Harry moved from their home next door from the Cambridges because Kate and Meghan wouldn’t get along), the two have been spotted in several cases seemingly on friendly terms.
They were photographed at the Royal Family’s annual Christmas celebrations laughing and talking together. Of course, no one can know what goes on behind closed doors so the rumors may be true, but it’s also just as likely they are started by people wanting to stir up drama.
Another, more likely, reason Meghan is changing up tradition when it comes to her birth is because the Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey is closer to her new Windsor-home than Lindo Wing, according to the Daily Mail.
“If their Royal Highnesses have moved to Frogmore Cottage before the birth, as planned,” an insider for the tabloid revealed. “Frimley Park may be a more easily accessible option than St Mary’s.”
It was also reported back in December that Meghan was considering a home birth too, as per Vanity Fair, though, according to royal correspondent Katie Nicholl doctors would most likely advise a hospital birth since it will be Meghan’s first child.