Meghan Markle is thought to be due to give birth in the very near future. The Duchess of Sussex, 37, and Prince Harry, 34, have made the personal decision to keep their plans for the arrival of the royal baby out of the public eye. They will later share the happy news with the world, once they’ve been able to celebrate the birth of their baby privately. Meghan reportedly hoped to have a home birth, having moved to Frogmore Cottage, Windsor.
However, it may be that the Duchess ends up heading to hospital.
The local hospital for the Sussex family is Frimley Park Hospital, which is managed by the Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust.
The hospital also houses a private wing.
Should Meghan be a patient here, she would share a link with her aunt-in-law.
Prince Harry’s aunt, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, had her first child, Lady Louise Windsor back in November 2003.
The Countess was safely delivered of the baby girl by emergency caesarean section.
As a precautionary measure, Lady Louise, now 15, was then taken to the regional neo natal unit at St George’s Hospital, Tooting.
James, Viscount Severn, now 11, the Wessex family’s younger child, was also born at Frimley Park Hospital.
So, should Meghan give birth in the local Surrey hospital, her child would have been welcomed into the world in the same place as the Wessex family did for their children.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex unveiled a hint at what their life in Windsor is like – including how they spend many weekends with Queen Elizabeth II.
The most recent well-known royals to welcome children into the world are Prince William, 36, and Kate Middleton, 37, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The births all three of their children – Prince George, five, Princess Charlotte, four, and Prince Louis, one – have been at the Lindo Wing, Paddington, in London.
The late Princess Diana and Prince Charles, now 70, welcomed their two children here.
Fellow royals Princess Eugenie, 29, and Princess Beatrice, 30, were born in London, but not in the Lindo Wing.
Instead, Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, had her daughters at The Portland Hospital.
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Who is Meghan Markle? Quick profile
Meghan Markle was born Rachel Meghan Markle, on August 4, 1981 to parents Doria Ragland and father Thomas Markle.
Her father was previously married to Roslyn Loveless and Meghan has two elder half sibling – sister Samantha Markle and brother Thomas Markle Junior.
Meghan’s first television appearance in the USA was in an episode of the medical drama General Hospital in 2002.
She later moved on to roles in CSI, Without a Trace and Castle along with bit parts in Hollywood films including Get Him to the Greek, Remember Me and Horrible Bosses.
Meghan was also a “briefcase girl” on Deal or No Deal – but her most famous role was as Rachel Zane in legal drama Suits, which launched in 2011.
She was written out in the finale of the seventh series when her character got married, which aired in April 2018 – just before she got married herself.
Charity and humanitarian work
Meghan Markle’s career in television has gone hand-in-hand with her support for causes close to her heart.
She wrote about the stigma around menstrual health in an article for Time magazine and was a Global Ambassador for World Vision Canada – with whom she travelled to Rwanda for the charity’s Clean Water Campaign.
And her commitment to gender equality has seen her work with the United Nations – receiving a standing ovation in 2015 for her speech to mark International Women’s Day.
In September 2011, she wed film producer Trevor Engelson, who she began dating in 2004.
But the pair divorced two years later in August 2013, citing irreconcilable difference.
She was in a relationship with celebrity chef Cory Vitiello for almost two years, before they broke it off in 2016 but the two remain good friends.
And in June 2016, she met Prince Harry on a blind date set up by a mutual friend.
Their relationship began in October that year and just over one year later, on November 27, 2017, the pair announced their engagement.
They married on May 19, 2018 at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
Some have claimed Meghan Markle is the first mixed-race member of the Royal Family.
Historians are still arguing about Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III.
But Meghan will be the first royal to openly embrace a mixed-race heritage.
She has written about the difficulties of being a biracial actress in Hollywood as she claims she is not black enough for some roles and not white enough for others.