Page Six: Meghan Markle Plans Home Birth for Her Daughter after Hospital Dash with Son Archie
Not only will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's daughter be the first royal baby to be born in America, but the royal couple is also planning on welcoming their little girl in the comfort of their California mansion.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are expecting their second child, a little girl, and the royal couple is planning on having a home birth. The Duchess of Sussex wanted to welcome their son via home birth but ended up going to the hospital.
The second time's the charm, or so Markle is hoping as she wants to deliver her little girl early this summer in her Montecito, California mansion instead of heading to the hospital to birth her second child.
Meghan Markle at the WellChild awards at the Royal Lancaster Hotel on October 15, 2019 | Getty Images
An inside source revealed that the royal couple had planned a home birth for their first child, Archie. Unfortunately, their firstborn was a week overdue, leading to Markle having to go into the hospital for medical assistance.
Their $14.5 million American home seems to be an appropriate place for 39-year-old Markle to try to carry out her home birth plan successfully this time. The source gave some insight into the mother's plans, saying:
“But she has a beautiful home in California, it’s a beautiful setting to give birth to her baby girl.”
Markle and her husband decided to let the world in on their exciting news on February 14, 2021, in a statement that was released announcing that another sibling will join the Sussex's son Archie.
Princess Anne and Princess Diana did choose to have their children at the hospital surrounded by trained medical professionals.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced that their second child is a girl during their shocking tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey. The royal couple couldn't hide their elation over the little bundle of joy that was on her way.
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Should Markle be successful in having a home birth, she wouldn't be the first royal to welcome her child into the world at home instead of the traditional delivery at Portland Hospital in London.
The Queen's oldest grandchild, Zara Tindall, had an unexpected home birth when she delivered her third child named Lucas Phillip in the bathroom at her home. Her husband Mike Tindall recalled the hasty ordeal as he said:
"So, it was run into the gym, get a mat, get into the bathroom, get a mat on the floor, towels down, 'brace-brace-brace.'"
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Zara's surprise home birth and Markle's planned home birth follow the convention set in place by previous members of the royal family who all opted to deliver their children within their home's confines and comfort.
Queen Elizabeth II delivered Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward at home. The Queen chose either Buckingham Palace or Clarence House as her place of delivery.
However, Princess Anne and Princess Diana did choose to have their children at the hospital surrounded by trained medical professionals and the resources to help if needed, moving away from the home birth tradition.
Prince William's wife, Kate Middleton, followed in her mother-in-law's footsteps by giving birth to her three children in the updated Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital in London, where her husband made his entrance into the world.