Meghan Markle 'plans to have baby daughter by home birth at her £11m California mansion' after hospital dash with ArchieMarch 30, 2021
MEGHAN Markle is planning a home birth at her luxury LA mansion when she and Prince Harry welcome their second child, it's reported.
The Duchess of Sussex plans to deliver her daughter at home in the early summer, according to sources.
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The baby will be the first royal to be born in the US.
Meghan initially wanted to give birth to Archie at Frogmore Cottage while attended by an all-female midwife team.
But her dreams of a home birth were dashed as she was forced to go to London's private Portland Hospital to deliver the tot, who weighed 7lb 3oz when he arrived on May 6 2019.
Now a source has told Page Six she's determined to give birth to her second child without the need to go to hospital.
“Meghan’s plan was to have a home birth with Archie, but you know what they say about the best-laid plans,” a source said.
“In the end, her doctors advised her to go to hospital and all she was interested in was about delivering Archie safely.
“But she has a beautiful home in California. It’s a beautiful setting to give birth to her baby girl.”
Meghan, 39, and Harry, 36, bought their $14.5million Montecito estate last year after quitting their senior roles in the royal family and moving to California.
And they announced in their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey they're expecting a girl.
During the chat, Meghan said she's due to give birth this summer – although didn't confirm a date.
The happy news comes after the Duchess and her husband tragically suffered a miscarriage. Meghan wrote of the moment she knew she was "losing" her second baby in a deeply personal essay for the New York Times.
And in their recent interview, Prince Harry suggested their daughter will be their last child.
He told Oprah: “A girl, you know, what more can you ask for?
"But now, you know, now we’ve got our family.
"We’ve got, you know, the four of us and our two dogs, and it’s great.”
If Meghan does decide to deliver in hospital, it's likely she'll head to nearby Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara.
And while she's planning on taking maternity leave, one pal said: "She doesn't stop."
Harry and Meghan didn't want to announce where or when Archie was born, but agreed to a photo call in the grounds of Windsor Castle after his birth.
The Queen also wanted to officially announce Archie’s arrival with a note displayed on an easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace as a mark of her affection.
‘World-class’ birthing unit
MEGHAN Markle had hoped to deliver firstborn Archie at Frogmore Cottage.
But she was finally rushed to London's exclusive Portland Hospital, where the tot was safely delivered.
The move to take her to a maternity ward was so secret, even senior royals were said to be unaware it was happening.
And the luxury hospital was a savvy choice.
Meghan was following in the footsteps of pal Victoria Beckham, Geri Halliwell and Fergie, Duchess of York, in giving birth at the Regents Park unit, where a basic delivery costs upwards of £15,000.
Harry will have been pleased to hear that partners are able to stay overnight with breakfast ‘at no extra charge’ – though the new parents took Archie to Frogmore House as soon as they could.
It’s not clear the Duchess would have been there long enough to enjoy it, but new mums are promised hotel-style treatment – with an en-suite bathroom, air con and high-quality meals all thrown into the pricey plan.
Beaming Harry told the press: "It's been the most amazing experience I could ever have possibly imagined.
"How any woman does what they do is beyond comprehension. But we're both absolutely thrilled.
"We're both absolutely thrilled and so grateful for all the love and support from everybody out there, it's been amazing, so we just wanted to share this with everybody."
However, this time around, the couple don't have to adhere to royal rules.
A royal insider told the publication: “It’s unclear, now that Meghan and Harry are private citizens, if they will announce the birth, or what that will look like.
"This time around, they don’t have to adhere to the royal protocol.”
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