Meghan Markle's due date has been the subject of much speculation after she let slip during a royal engagement when it might be. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex told family and friends about the royal arrival at Princess Eugenie's wedding last October. And then Meghan added further fuel to the fire by claiming they were expecting an arrival at the end of April or the beginning of May.
Now royal sources have claimed that the new royal baby is in fact due on Sunday, say reports. Kensington Palace has not provided an official confirmation but as many mothers know a due date is by no means a guarantee of when a baby will arrive. According to a Live Science article written when Kate Middleton was expecting Prince George, a first born baby has a 15% chance of being born late.
And a royal source told The Sun, while parents-to-be Harry and Meghan are on standby, they are both in a relaxed mood. Meghan, 37, is said to be staying close to her home with mum Doria Ragland, who has been at Frogmore Cottage for a week. Harry, meanwhile, reportedly still plans to attend the London Marathon to hand out medals and support runners.
A source told The Sun, "It won’t be long now. Meghan’s really excited. Of course, she's nervous like any first-time mum but she and Harry can’t wait. She’s been preparing for the birth – she wants it to be as natural as possible – and so has been practising hypnobirthing and breathing techniques with Harry. It’s been a huge support having her mum by her side and now she’s just getting as much rest as she can.”
Meghan is said to prefer a home birth but nearby Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey is claimed to be on standby too. The pair have insisted that they do not know if they are having a boy or girl, although it was claimed Meghan told friends she was having a boy at her New York baby shower. ITV's royal editor Chris Ship also told Good Morning Britain on Friday that the baby is imminent.
"We know the baby is due, in fact, I can tell you that the due date is pretty much today," he said. "Today, tomorrow, we really are in the realms of an imminent arrival," he added.