Meghan Markle and family were hoping for a natural delivery at home with Prince Harry. But experts believe she may be forced to go into hospital.
Speculation has been rife in recent days that the Duchess of Sussex may already have given birth in secret. But there has still been no official word of a new royal’s arrival. However, Palace sources confirm that the Royal baby is not born yet. Prince Harry cancelled the first day of his trip to The Netherlands next week fuelling speculation Meghan is yet to go into labour.
Doctors believe the Duchess, 36, may now be a week overdue, dashing her hopes of natural birth at Frogmore Cottage. This is where she lives with Harry on the Queen’s Windsor estate.
As time goes on, the chances Meghan will face induced labour in hospital increase, experts have said. They say unless Meghan gives birth in the next 48 hours, it is increasingly likely she will give birth at Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey. It is approximately 15 miles from Frogmore Cottage.
Induction is typically offered seven to ten days after the due date. Although it can be left as late as two weeks if mother and baby are ‘well and fit’.
According to palace sources, Meghan is said to be ‘comfortable and happy’ at Frogmore Cottage. She is ‘getting plenty of fresh air in the garden’ as she waits for her baby’s arrival. Her mother, Doria Ragland, is with her and on hand to help with childcare after the baby is born.