Prince Harry announces plans for a trip to the Netherlands…next week?!?

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I was really hoping that we wouldn’t get any baby news today because I really want to go to the gym this afternoon, rather than wait around all day for any updates as the Duchess of Sussex tries to pop out a Polo Baby. Meghan has been on maternity leave for more than a month now, and sources have been saying this week that Meghan is now overdue. Which is quite common, especially with first babies. So the Great Wait continues. But now we’re getting some kind of weird timeline, like the baby will absolutely be coming in the next few days FOR SURE. Because Harry has signed up to make a trip to the Netherlands a week from today:

First of all, it’s wishful thinking the entire way through. Harry really believes that when Polo Baby comes, he’s going to be okay with leaving Meghan and the baby for an overnight trip in the first week?! Not to mention, sometimes first babies are like two weeks overdue. It’s possible Meghan won’t even go into labor in the next week. Not to mention… what if she does go into labor and there are complications and he needs to be there?

My guess is that no matter what, Harry is going to end up canceling this trip. They shouldn’t have even announced it or planned it.

Update: From Rebecca English at the Daily Mail:


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  1. PlainJane says:

    I am going waaaaay out on a limb and guessing that Harry and Megs are so tired and edgy from waiting for that baby. They are probably trying to grasp some semblance of a normal life again, so they make plans that may or may not happen.

    Also, there may be a planned c-section date if M doesn’t go into labor soon.

    • MrsBanjo says:

      This is what I’m thinking, too. They’re probably so stir-crazy right now and they may figure an overnight trip is do-able.

    • Surly Gale says:

      Lord, I hope not. My scar still bothers me some days….35 years later!

      • sequinedheart says:

        I’m sorry that was your experience, Surly Gale.
        My daughter is 4 and a half and I’ve never had an issue with my scar. But it is major surgery and not to be taken lightly.

      • L84Tea says:

        I’ve had 2 C-sections and while my scar never bothers me, I seem to have been left with some permanent numbness in my lower belly. Like, I can poke myself in the stomach and I barely feel it. Weird stuff.

      • LadyJax says:

        @L84Tea Me too! My toddler was cuddling with me and bit me on my lower belly and all I felt was a bit of pressure. It’s so disconcerting! C-sections are weird, man. And a total pain to deal with when you have a newborn. I really did not want mine.

        As for the rest of it, yeah, I’m thinking planned induction/scheduled c-section if the pitocin doesn’t kick off her contractions or her labor fails to progress. Nearly every woman I know went overdue with their first child, it’s normal. However, those women’s midwives and OBs typically started making contingency plans after they were 6-7 days overdue. I’m sure there’s been a whole flow chart assembled for what would happen with any instance of things falling off schedule with Meghan’s birth. “If this, then that, but if this 2, then that 2A, etc.”

      • GreenTurtle says:

        @L84Tea, me three! Sometimes the skin around it will itch and I can feel that area of numbness when I scratch it. Brrrr….

    • LadyMTL says:

      A friend of mine was 2 weeks late when pregnant with both of her daughters, and both times she had to be induced…and it didn’t work (both times!) so she had to have C-sections. Whatever the situation is with H&M, I hope that everything goes smoothly. It can’t be fun waiting and waiting and waiting.

      • StormsMama says:

        My 2nd baby was over 11 pounds and 10 days late and I pushed him out

        My first was born in a different hospital – if I’d had my second where I had my first I know they would’ve “made” me have a c section.
        Unfortunately, a lot of women don’t “shop” around for a doctor or midwife who understands their birthing goals. Of course sometimes a c section is necessary but often the mother is bullied into it with no one advocating on her behalf.
        The most important thing is every mother feels she has a choice and is treated with dignity.

    • KEEKS says:

      In my case, there was a due date given to me, and my ob would induce labour after one week, only because of the size of the baby. Most doctors won’t let it go on two weeks, that’s a bit insane. Leaving the baby for one night while her mother is there is no biggie.

    • Anastasia says:

      Or they may induce labor.

    • BlueOrange says:

      I don’t know whether it’s the same UK wide but our NHS trust won’t let mums over 30 something go more than a week past their due date because of the risk of still birth. I can’t imagine they’d let her go the full two weeks over.

    • Salvation says:

      Or maybe planned induction of labor if it doesn’t happen naturally by a certain date? It doesn’t have to be C-Section if there’s no risks to vaginal delivery.

  2. Capepopsie says:

    WHAT?! 🙄

    • Ira says:

      If the baby is still not coming this week, I’m more inclined to see that Meghan lied about how far along her pregnancy. She was reported already have her 12 week scan prior Australia tour. She was wearing oversight coat with open button on Eugenie wedding and stirred up speculation. Who would do that to their new in-laws or anyone? And up to that point BRF had shown great support to her. Prince Charles walked her on her wedding day when her father couldnt make it to attend. The Queen invite her to ride and have joint engagement with her.

      • ADS says:

        Chill out.

      • Jessica says:

        What are you talking about? She was visible. She said she was due late April, early May. It’s May 1.

      • notasugarhere says:

        She was visibly pregnant, no way to hide it on the Australia Tour. Many of us were anticipating this baby sooner, but looks like she wasn’t lying about late April/Early May. Her makeup artist friend posted he’ll be in the UK starting May 5th.

  3. Catherine says:

    I still believe that she has had the baby/babies already.

    • klutzy_girl says:

      They’ve already said that the media is to be told when she goes into labor/has the baby. She hasn’t given birth yet.

      • Lorelei says:

        They said that, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s true. I believe it’s possible that she already had the baby.

      • Lucia says:

        I can’t imagine they’d be able to plug a leak for more than a day. It would get out if she had the baby already.

      • Flying fish says:

        That information did not come from the horses mouth, I think it was assumption made after the Sussex’s announced their decision about the birth.
        The Sussexes made it clear that they wanted to spend time as a family before disclosing info to the public…
        We shall see.

      • starryfish29 says:

        @Flying fish Actually that information was part of an extended release to the press about the logistics of when they could start doing media setups etc. the full release was posted online by a German news outlet. The British press has been disingenuously freaking out about the “privacy” blackout for no reason other than to have a tantrum & make up for some lost clicks from the lack of door watch.

    • Eliza says:

      While they won’t do the lido pictures, they’ll still announce when in labor and delivery. Everything is the same protocol except the photos are taken in their backyard instead of outside hospital. Which is why the hype around this being “so edgy” is stupid. It’s just a change in location of photos. If Kate stayed in hospital as long as most woman do, it would be the same number of days too.

    • teehee says:

      Me too, I was betting with my mom on the 21st April. Now that no news occurred I thought ok maybe I was wrong, but now– it coulda surely already been born.

    • WingKingdom says:

      I’m with Catherine. She had the baby a week or more ago, and they’re messing with the press. That would make me happy, anyway. Steal some time with the baby before letting the rabid royal reporters try to ruin everything.

    • Sunnee says:

      Yeah, I’m thinking baby is here. Per Peole mag Cambridges and HM visited them at Frogmore. Seems that they may have stopped by to see the baby. I know, I know they are supposedly going to announce when she’s in labor.
      Personally, I think that intention to post an “in labor” announcement is bizarre. Let her do what HM herself did and present the baby one month later.

      • Becks1 says:

        Yeah, but per People, Kate and Will stopped by on Easter, which was over a week ago. No way the baby has been here 10 days or more and they haven’t announced.

      • trish says:

        yeah, i think an announcement that she is in labour seems rather odd, not to mention intrusive.

      • Tourmaline says:

        Yes the “she’s in labour” announcement seems unnecessary.
        Especially if it’s a home birth. I could see maybe if she is going to be in hospital they might announce that she is in hospital.

    • ByTheSea says:

      Me, too. The baby is already here and all the high level royals already visited.

    • KidV says:

      IMO, whoever in the royal household, whether it’s family or employee, is gossiping about Meghan, there is no way they would let her get away with giving birth and not telling the media. They would be blabbing to the media as loud as they could. It would be feather in their cap to tattle on her and make her look bad.

  4. Becks1 says:

    What? this is super strange. They wouldn’t even announce if he would be at the ANZAC service or the London Marathon bc Meghan might have had the baby, but they’re announcing this?

    Wonder if she is either in labor currently, or if they scheduled a C-section for maybe tomorrow and that’s why he’s going, because he knows it will be a week after the baby arrives?

    What happened to his paternity leave?

    • Tourmaline says:

      It’s Invictus-related which is Harry’s big thing and passion. So I can see why it is different to Harry than any other type of event. Plus it is timed as exactly one year before Invictus 2020 in the Hague so it would have been scheduled very long ago.

      I’m sure if he did not want to go, or if he changes his mind, everyone would understand and no one is pressuring him to do this.

      On the other hand, I do think it is weird that he isn’t just planning to go to the Invictus thing only and come straight home given his life circumstances. Why make it a 2 day trip with multiple engagements?

      • starryfish29 says:

        It’s also a foreign trip, not just a local event, there are additional considerations that have to go into that.

  5. Abby says:

    So confused by this! Dads need to be home with their newborn babies and the mamas the first week, at least. Just my opinion, and he seems like he wants to be hands-on so this seems out of character.

    Both my children were overdue. I went into labor at 1 week 2 days overdue with both, my firstborn took literally 76 hours to arrive so he was a week and a half overdue. I went with midwives who weren’t intervention-happy, and maybe Meghan is going that route too, but with her age I would guess they wouldn’t let her go too much over her due date.

    Don’t go Harry!!

    • Lucia says:

      If it were anything other than Invictus, he wouldn’t. I think this cause is as much his baby as the one that’s coming.

  6. Eliza says:

    Given her age, there’s no way they’re letting the baby go more than 41 weeks. 42 is already risky for a non-geriatric (God I hate that term) pregnancy because the fluid is decreasing.

    I think the baby is either coming now, or it’s due mid-May. Because she did say end of April / May and mentioned her friend delivered 5 weeks early. Maybe it’s been May all along and she put that late April as a clause in case of an early baby.

    • Rapunzel says:

      Eliza- yes! My sis had her first at 40yo, and they induced at 40 weeks. The fluid drying up is a real fear.

      • Eliza says:

        I was 32yo on delivery and they said they’d induce after passing 41 weeks for fluid fears. Thank goodness i delivered 40 weeks and 5 days. I didn’t want induction – I know its more painful.

      • Malificent says:

        Yeah, I’m thinking that her doctors have already determined a specific date that they won’t go past and they will induce if she reaches that date. I’m sure they are checking on her fluid and also any calcification of the cord. A lot of times it’s a matter of balancing the risks of various options, so they’ll probably avoid inducing until it becomes a risk to the baby.

        I was induced at 38 1/2 weeks. I didn’t have pre-eclampsia, kidney and liver were fine, but my normally low blood pressure was starting to creep up to borderline — and my doctor was worried that it might spike suddenly. But my doctor and I had lots of discussions about the various levels of risk because I wasn’t “ripe” yet, and my doctor wanted to avoid days of failed induction that would result in a C-section. Surprisingly, my induction took really well — sometimes Mother Nature works in your favor — and my little guy was zipping his way out — until he flipped face up half-way through labor — but that’s another saga.

    • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

      This, exactly! I was 32 with my first. She tried to come at 31 weeks, but stuck around until 41- lucky I didn’t have to be induced.

    • Marigold says:

      That’s not necessarily true. After 41 weeks, if the mother is healthy, they would likely do daily ultrasounds to make sure the placenta and fluid levels are fine and allow her to go to 42 weeks. After that, they would induce. Speaking from personal experience as someone who was AMA with her last. Meghan isn’t that old, either. 40+ year olds would have more restrictions in place.

    • TheHeat says:

      With my first child, I was induced when I was 10 days late because of his size (9lbs 2oz).
      I was told that doctors generally don’t let you go any longer than 2 weeks past the due date, even with average-sized babies.
      So, either the baby is already born (which is my guess) or she’s going to be induced this week.

      Not sure why it’s shocking to think that Harry might go away next week. My hubby was back at work 1 week after the birth of both our kids, and I didn’t have a staff to help me with anything!

  7. Mia4s says:

    That’s a bit bizarre. Calm down Harry, both of those things can wait/be handled by someone else. You’re not a transplant surgeon performing life saving procedures. Take some time to enjoy the new arrival.

  8. Lucia says:

    I’m going to lose the bet this week. Kid better not be born on Saturday…

    I’m not a parent and the chances of me ever becoming one are slim but I feel like Harry and Meghan don’t have any idea how much this baby will change their lives. Even holding my niece for the first time when she was born, I felt like my life was never going to be the same for me much less for my sister and brother-in-law.

    • Birdix says:

      That is so sweet! She’s lucky to have you as an aunt.

      • Lucia says:

        Thank you but that’s the only way it would be for us. My sister and I are really tight. We’ve been through a lot together. She and my brother in law worked very hard to bring my niece and nephew into the world. My brother in law especially. It’s a long story but I couldn’t be more proud of their family.

    • Monicack says:

      This exactly. Absolutely nothing is the same. Harry and Megs will see themselves, one another and the world differently.

    • Eliza says:

      Yes!! Before baby I had ideas of how everything would be. How maternity leave would be lunches and pilates. My husband would be there the first 2 weeks (yay American, ugh) and we’d just cuddle baby. We had the swing. We had the swaddle down. We took the classes. WE WERE NOT PREPARED.

      • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

        Lol, neither were we, and we are both healthcare professionals!

      • Caty says:

        “How maternity leave would be lunches and pilates.”

        I don’t have children and I sure as hell don’t plan on having children, but you’re either lying or dumb. Literally no one thinks the first few weeks/months of parenthood are just lunches and pilates.

      • Eliza says:

        Hi caty. I did think as i closed in on my 3rd month of maternity id be able to take a sleeping baby out to lunch, or maybe hop into a gym session. Not every day, but occasionally. I’m not lying, and I did admit to being stupid in that regard. I see other mothers out with newborns and I look at them in awe now, I just had a very fussy baby and nursing was a larger toll than expected.

      • Mel M says:

        So insane right? We are supposedly the “best” country in the world (I’m not into that belief) but we make sure to crap on working parents as much as possible. My husbands company just started an 8week parental leave this year so this is the first baby he’s not just taking a week or two off and we were so excited, like giddy excited for 8 freakin weeks! How pathetic is that?

      • Snap Happy says:

        I don’t think Eliza is dumb or lying. During my maternity leave I took lunches and did some baby and mommy yoga. There are also gyms with daycares or she could have had a babysitter or a parent stay with the baby. I just think it is really unfair to jump down her throat for that comment, she was just being honest about her expectations not matching reality.

      • Lorelei says:

        @Eliza: same. There is no way to be fully prepared! Harry isn’t going to know what hit him.

      • GreenTurtle says:

        No need to be rude about it, @Caty.

      • Snowflake says:

        @caty, that’s really nasty. And ridiculous to assert that she is dumb or lying. I don’t think anyone ever gets warned about how hard parenthood is. We as a society pretend motherhood is all roses. And if she’s never had a kid, how should she know it wouldn’t be that easy. I’ve never had a child, by choice. Your comment is just nasty.

    • Lindsnowork says:

      Same. Holding my niece for the first time was life changing, and I had a love for her that can’t be explained, it was powerful and she’s had her “EE” (my name is Lindsey, she couldn’t say it when she was little, so it became “EE”, 5 years later and she still calls me it)
      wrapped around her finger since that day.

  9. Loopy says:

    I read the Sussex unfollowed the Cambridges on insta.

    • Caty says:

      Can you not read beyond headlines? They unfollowed all royal accounts and are only following mental health charities now.

      • Loopy says:

        Actually link wouldn’t open so thanks I knew i would get the jist here.

      • Millenial says:

        That’s still kinda weird. Like, why?

      • Becks1 says:

        @millennial – they are going to change the charities they follow every month. I think its just to make it easier for people to see which charities they are highlighting for any given month (they said it will change based on a “theme.”) I do think its kind of weird, but I don’t think its such a big deal that they aren’t following Kensington Royal or The Royal Family etc. I think its weirder that they stopped following their patronages (I think they did at any rate.)

      • KEEKS says:

        Caty, you are coming across as very angry with this comment and the one asking if Eliza is dumb? Bring it down a notch or two, go have a bath and come back more relaxed. Geeze.

      • olive says:

        it’s frustrating to have people bringing incorrect or inaccurate information here and presenting it as “something they read” and asking everyone here to clear it up for them, because in effect by not doing the diligence themselves and looking it up before commenting, they are just spreading misinformation. there’s been an influx of this on royal posts lately, bringing rumors from sketchy sources here and spreading them like that. multiple comments in a thread from people asking about ridiculous tumblr rumors like “charles kicked harry and meghan out of the garden party”

      • BayTampaBay says:

        @olive, Actually that rumor came from the “Harry Markle” site.

    • Oh No says:

      I really appreciated that they highlighted instas that encourage positive mental health and there really was something for everyone

      Let’s be real the royals don’t care about Instagram and were never savvy enough with their platforms

      KP lucked out and got a boost from the Meghan excitement. I followed before Meghan and it was boring af

      But for Meghan, social media has always been a tool to boost her profile (like every other person in a creative field). She understands what it can do for her patronages and the Sussex brand

      I luv it

    • Himmiefan says:

      It looks like they’re going to have certain themes every now and then and just follow charities that fit that theme. I bet they have personal accounts and follow all the royal ones.

      • Ader says:

        I get it…..BUT…did you see some of the accounts followed? It makes me worried that the Sussexes’ understanding of “mental health” is the same as the Cambridges’: Just be positive and everything will be OK!

        (Not for all the accounts they followed, but some……)

  10. Aang says:

    I hated “waiting” for my kids to be born. I went on with normal life, even camping and hiking a few days before I went into labor. I knew once the baby came I’d be too busy and tired to do normal things for a while. And my husband does not sit well at all. He’s an action all the time type of person. He took a week off with our first and he drove me crazy. Constantly wanting to go out and get me something or running tiny loads of wash just to keep busy. Babies just sleep the first week anyway. With our second having him home was great because he kept the toddler busy. Whatever they have planned will work out fine. It’s just a baby. Most everyone will have one at some point, and have been for 1000’s of years.

    • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

      “Babies just sleep the first week anyway.”

      Not mine.

      • PlainJane says:

        @NotSoSocialButterfly The (gasp) made me LOLOL!

        Not mine either! I swear I didn’t get a good night’s sleep until my kid was like 10. That might be an exaggeration, but not really.

      • Heather says:

        Kiddo did really do nothing more than sleep, eat and poop for his first week and a half (and the pooping he could do while sleeping). Then….all hell broke loose. It’s like he figured he slept for a week and a half so he didn’t need to sleep anymore until he went to kindergarten and we didn’t need to sleep either. (Okay he slept again before age 5. But it didn’t feel like that during).

    • Lucia says:

      My nephew was incredibly collicky from the second he was born. We joke that it was his way of being pissed off that he was removed from his warm comfy spot. I was with my sister and brother in law for the first 2 weeks when was born.
      All he did was cry. All there was for any of us was sleeping while he slept and feeding him.

  11. Loretta says:

    OMG if the baby will be born on their anniversary day.It would be so nice!

  12. DS9 says:

    Can we extend the not policing women’s bodies to the plans they make after giving birth as well?

    I’ve had three myself. I wouldn’t have had any issue with the child’s father being gone on an overnight trip not far away in order to be present for something that means so much to us both.

    And I certainly would not have an issue with it when he has access to direct and immediate transportation and I have access to a phalanx of assistants post birth.

    This announcement falls in line with their work ethic and a 48 hour smile and wave will bring a bit of goodwill as well as divide media attention at a time when Meghan probably values privacy over a hovering husband.

    • Mego says:

      Kind my thought as well. Invictus is huge and Meghan would support his being there no matter what.

  13. lillibet says:

    Sounds to me like they have an official eviction date if she’s overdue and it’s probably soon. With both of mine my doctor wouldn’t let me go past 41w. I think recent research supports that (fluid, placenta degradation).

    • Heather says:

      I love that. I’m going to work it into conversation with every third trimester pregnant woman, “official eviction date.”

  14. Ali says:

    The way I read this is that she’s perfectly healthy, her due date is not until after this trip and her doctors have said it’s low risk if he goes.

  15. Ana says:

    If the Polo Baby was in fact conceived the week of the polo match, Meghan should be around 39.5 weeks along. So she has still a good two weeks to go if the baby is overdue. And just like I said before, why should she have to provide the world with accurate information?? It is her life and her baby.
    As for Harry scheduling events, he wishes he can just go back to his normal life HA!! ( Maybe he will, he has acces to a thousand nannies and night nurses xD)

    • Eliza says:

      They said she had had 12 week scan prior to Australia, which would mean if exactly 12 weeks the day they left by plane she’s 40 weeks today. Some outlets said she was 14-15 weeks along in Australia which puts her at 42-43 weeks along now which for safety of the baby unlikely.

      Most likely, they were 10 weeks along in Australia, and she only had her 8 and/or 10 week scan (meaning >98% of keeping baby) and she’s due mid-May. And the baby isn’t showing any signs of dropping so Harry feels comfortable to leave and has heli on standby if she begins delivery – it’s probably a short flight.

      • Ira says:

        If she’s only 10 weeks prior Australia tour, why did she wore oversize coat with open button on Eugenie’s wedding?

      • Eliza says:

        @ira, first trimester pregnancy bloat is no joke.

      • Original Jenns says:

        @Eliza, bloat is right. I was slim and I had a bump at 9 weeks. Meghan is petite all the way, she could have been the same way.

      • Maddy says:

        @Ira with my first my jeans were tight before I realised I was pregnant and had a definite bump by 8 weeks. The other two weren’t anywhere near as bad.

  16. Zee says:

    It’s a really short flight from London to the Netherlands, it’s almost as if he attended an event in England. Meghan might fly with him or he’ll fly back home over night and go back to The Hague the next morning. Regular people in Europe have to do this kinda stuff every day to get to work and they don’t have private jets and nannies. It’s really not a big deal.

  17. Casey02 says:

    I think the baby was born on Easter Sunday, thus the visit from the Queen. Otherwise, why would Harry schedule a trip next week??

    • Catherine says:

      I agree.

      • intheknow says:

        It explains the visit from The Queen and the Cambridges. How else could you explain the Cambridges visit?? It’s not like William is mister friendly…so he saved face by visiting his nephew. I think it’s a boy, TQ wore blue, same for Kate.

        I remember she did something similar for George when we were expecting his birth, she wore blue to church and then George was born a day or two after.

        She wore pink to church a few days before Charlotte was born.

        TQ knows how to troll us and or send subtle messages

      • Lorelei says:

        I also agree.

        But all of the royal news lately has been completely insane, so who knows!

    • Lucia says:

      There is no way they could keep it a secret for longer than a day. Just no way.

      • intheknow says:

        I assure you there are lots of secrets they are keeping currently that we don’t know . Some we will never know about. And some we will

      • Lucia says:

        Kensington Palace would leak the second they knew of the baby’s arrival. Yes, I know there’s a ton of secrets amongst the BRF but there is no way Buckingham or Kensington would allow them to keep the secret of the baby for more than 24 hours.

    • TheHeat says:

      I agree 100%.

  18. Canadian says:

    @Lucia….hahaha you win the internet today.🤣

  19. Dee says:

    Don’t know who Richard Palmer is, but isn’t it possible he’s full of it? That is, did BP actually announce this trip, or is this dude just saying so?

  20. Ksweet says:

    Wait, what? Meghan is not flying anywhere next week, baby or no baby.

  21. DML says:

    I think the baby is here.

  22. Kittycat says:

    This baby is trolling everyone.

    I was two weeks overdue and had to be induced.

    So the great wait continues!

    • Enough S Enough says:

      1) He’s not that good an actor to hide the arrival of his first child. (I mean his demeanor, not such an act on its own)

      2) If the child was born, I don’t see him leaving his wife and baby for a relatively routine trip, even involving Invictus. It’s not like the Monarchy rests on this assignment.

      3) I think the announcement was a particularly tone deaf blast from the Firm’s brass section. Given the many scenarios that surround the birth of a first child, this was odd. I know Invictus matters to him but couching it as, “While he’s there, he’ll also…” makes the announcement seem all the more ill-timed and random.

      • Tourmaline says:

        Right, why can’t he just fly in and out same day for the Invictus thing?

        The tacking on of other engagements and making it a 2 day thing is weird to me.

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  23. Patty says:

    The thing is nobody really knows when the baby is or was due – and the Palace isn’t saying. Doctors typically get due dates wrong because it’s not an exact science. For all we know she might not be due until the middle of May. I too, think it’s odd that they’d announce a trip a week before he’s set to leave and then be like, he’ll cancel if the baby comes. I agree why announce it at all?

    ETA: When a friend had her baby, her in-laws came to the states from Korea. They’d planned it so that they could be here a week before the baby was born and then a week after. But nope, they were in the states two weeks and the baby came three days after they’d left.

    • Original Jenns says:

      According to Dr’s, my mom was 4 WEEKS overdue with me. There’s no way that would happen, they must have realized their mistake and just kept telling my mom I was late. I finally arrived the day before they induced LOL

  24. Monicack says:

    I would be extremely incredulous if they had the baby and kept it quiet. It would be a blow to the Sussexes and their brand that they would never fully recover from. The rumors and low-key outrage, real and fake, would mInfiltrate their coverage til the end of time. It would be a huge mistake.

    They would have every right to write their own birth narrative but since when has Meghan and Harry’s humanity ever been reason enough to shield them from the media’s lunatic agenda?

    • noway says:

      Maybe they don’t want to be just a brand, but a family. If having some private time with your child while not announcing the birth is against your brand and makes you lose all credibility then maybe your brand isn’t worth it. The press has been nasty, racist, and just downright mean to them, not all the time, but enough to more than justify going to extreme measures. I hope the baby is born and they are enjoying their time together.

      • Snap Happy says:

        I agree the press has been awful, but they said in their annoucment they would announce when she is in labor. That wouldn’t be seen as lying to the press, but lying to the people who are interested.

      • Lucia says:

        @Snap They never explicitly stated that we would know when she’s in labor. Katie Nicholl said we would know. She isn’t someone whose words I would 100% trust.

      • notasugarhere says:

        The Palace did state it, in the press-only notes that a German newspaper published without permission.

    • CuriousCole says:

      Monicack, whoa, that’s way too severe/intense a view to have on them potentially keeping their baby’s arrival a secret for a bit. They’re loved by everyone except the royal reporters, and parents everywhere will understand the desire to shield one’s newborn. The palace never confirmed the due date, the exact birth plan or the presentation timeline, aside from an eventual photo call in their garden. All that’s been confirmed is that they will share the news only once they are done enjoying the initial time with the baby.

      • Monicack says:

        Then you didn’t fully understand my point. It’s the media that will relentlessly twist the story into something negative. And yes there are nasty Meghan haters who will do the same. That’s not harsh to point that out. It’s harsh that Meghan and Harry have this as their reality.

    • Monicack says:

      Their brand is public service. It’s something they’re both passionate about and yes, bound to in many ways. This isn’t about choosing one over the other. In my opinion they will always work with humane and charitable organizations and it’s something that will be ingrained in their child or children from the beginning. As I said they have the right to handle the birth any way they see fit but I think they’re also aware of the middle ground between their public and private lives because without the former they can’t do as much good.

  25. Smalltowngirl says:

    I have three thoughts. 1- the baby is already here and that was why the Easter visit. 2- She is having twins and the due date was always May but they wanted to keep the twins but quiet and hide why she was so big? 3- she is overdue and will be induced this week and Harry knows that.

    I think 3 is the most likely. I still think Louis was late and Kate was induced and they gave the last possible date as the due date (which is why all the bet makers had it) and I think the same is true here.

    • KellyRyan says:

      I would agree on twins. I also think this might be a designer pregnancy :) Choosing the sexes of the children by using invitro. She appears to have a close relationship with Amal, who I believe made the decision to have one pregnancy, boy and a girl. Possible for Charlene and Jolie to have made the same choice.

  26. ERock says:

    I’m on team “Baby Sussex is already here”

  27. Loretta says:

    Really are people thinking the baby is really born? BP said that there will be an announcement for the labor and the birth. Enough with the conspiracy theories.

    • Lorelei says:

      Because BP is known for its transparency? Lol

    • DML says:

      I think that was speculative by commentators. The statement doesn’t say they will announce the labor.

      • Lila says:

        It was not speculative. A German newspaper leaked an operational note that the press members received from the Palace. BP said they would notify the media when Meghan goes into labour.

    • Nic919 says:

      There have been courtiers out there leaking about tiara gate and alleged crying fits. There is no way the staff would be able to keep a baby quiet.

    • Felicia says:

      Just an observation… if she’s having a scheduled C-section, there will be no labour to announce.

    • Sass says:

      It’s not a conspiracy theory. Stop being such a derisive individual. We aren’t over here accusing the the BRF of anything nefarious.

  28. Salty says:

    I believe that the baby was born before Easter. I’m just confused as to why Harry has opted out of paternity leave. Makes one wonder…

    • olive says:

      there’s just no way they could keep the baby’s birth secret for more than a week. nope.

    • Tourmaline says:

      Agree @olive no way they could or would keep it a secret for more than a day or two.

      I think because the event is an Invictus event, his marquee charity, it is super important to Harry and he wants to attend if possible (obviously if Meghan is giving birth on the day or if there are unforeseen complications he will cancel his appearance) and it also must have been scheduled a year or more ago as it is tagged to the date of Invictus 2020. If it was any other kind of an event I doubt he would go. Also the Netherlands is a SHORT flight from England!

  29. HeyThere! says:

    My obgyn center won’t let moms go past 40 weeks and 3 days, due to complications going past due. I was induced at 40 weeks 1 days with my second born and thank God I listened to my gut feelings, and doctor. She had hardly been moving that day and it turns out the cord was wrapped 3 times around her neck and all over her body! She couldn’t move! My doctor said it was only the second one he’s seen that was that bad. She’s fine now but had to be on oxygen for a while. Her birth still terrifies me because of the way the mood shifted the second she was born. The first few minutes were silent and everyone was frantically getting her unwrapped and breathing better. Not knowing she was okay for a few minutes was the worst feeling I have ever experienced my entire life. It felt like a year. I guess statistically the risk goes up when past due. Everyone’s doctors are different, and I respect that. I know she’s being monitored closely and has the best care. I went at 39 weeks with my first born.

    • Bunny says:

      Current research supports 40 weeks and a few days. There have been studies in the last several years which indicate that the risk of stillborn and other negative outcomes rises precipitously after 40 weeks.

      It is highly unlikely that her doctors will allow her to go much beyond 40 weeks.

      • Vesuvia says:

        Current research according to my ob-gyn (based on a big 2017 study that caused ACOG to revise their guidelines) suggests that inducing at 39 weeks actually LOWERS newborn mortalities (vs waiting til 40 or 41). I guess a lot can go wrong at the very end.

    • Royalwatcher says:

      That sounds super scary! Glad everyone was okay :)

  30. Case says:

    I genuinely thought the baby would be here by the second week in April. I guess we were way wrong on the due date (I never thought she was particularly large or carrying twins btw, I just expected her due date was a couple weeks earlier than she said for privacy purposes). In any case, he’ll probably cancel. If she doesn’t have the baby by then, I expect she’ll have it soon after and he’ll want to be home whether baby is here or coming soon.

  31. Lowrider says:

    I’m sure Meghan stayed the baby 👶 would arrive late April or early May.

  32. Ams says:

    I think they just announced the visit bc Harry is so into invictus games. Seems really important to him. Maybe he just wants it to get the publicity it deserves whether he makes it there or not.

  33. Lenn says:

    That baby is here already. Why would he plan a trip not knowing if the baby will arrive safely? I mean, complications could occur, why take the risk of planning a trip right after birth?

  34. lol says:

    The baby is already here.

  35. Lucylee says:

    A due date was never revealed. It might be that all of our calculations are off. In addition, it was never a part of the official public announcement that reporters would be made aware of when she went into labor. That was background info supposedly revealed by foreign reporters. If things are private then labor is the most private. No one wants “experts” standing around speculating and broadcasting about how many centimeters you’ve dialated for 10-20 hours.

  36. aquarius64 says:

    I am starting to go Baby Sussex is here. The royal reporters that have constantly thrashed Meghan have lost their credibility with me long ago. It could also be a way to keep the Markles off the Long Walk, giving interviews to the press and demanding to see the baby and be invited to the christening. The Fail did a story about Bad Dad looking slubby again, no more GQ shots. It talked about the Markle family dynamic: Evil Papa Smurf has five adult grandchildren- two of whom he NEVER met. Sam’s kids from her first marriage, a lawyer and a pilot, have no contact with Sam or Bad Dad. Sam’s second daughter, a college student, has no contact with Sam but stays with Sam’s mother. One of Jr ‘s sons has no contact with Jr or Sr. The point is I’m surprised the Fail would write a story that takes a sledge hammer to the Meghan ghosted the family garbage.

  37. Chloe says:

    I bet they’re inducing her within the next day or so.

  38. Tuille says:

    They may have scheduled a C-section or induction after Harry’s return. She’s tiny & the baby may need to hatch before it gets too big. If she goes into labor before the scheduled C-sec, Harry will cancel the trip?

  39. Reece says:

    I’m rooting or a Star Wars or Cinco de Mayo baby (yes I know it has no meaning in the UK)!

    • Ana says:

      Yes!! Cinco the mayo baby would be awesome. My bff is a cinco de mayo girl, I love her.

  40. Yoyo says:

    Meghan said the baby was due late April, early May, it’s now May, why are so many jumping to conclusions that baby Sussex is here.
    They will announce when it’s born, but no pictures until a few days later and no they didn’t say two days.

  41. Amelie says:

    I don’t remember Meghan ever saying the baby was due in early May, just that she said “April” and never specified when in April. It’s possible they have a date for Meghan to be induced or maybe they scheduled a C-section this week if Harry is so confident he’ll be able to go to the Netherlands next week. My friend gave birth last fall and she ended up having a C-section mostly because the baby was so big at 10 pounds, I can’t remember if he was late or early.

    Or the baby is already here and Meghan is just enjoying her first few days as a mom.

    • notasugarhere says:

      She was heard telling someone at an engagement in January, that she was due late April or early May.

  42. AtlLady says:

    Here is a goofy thought – Harry’s trip was announced. IF he is unable to attend because of the new baby, maybe William will step in for the formal event and then, since Invictus is Harry’s personal project, go in Harry’s place to launch the countdown as a way to finally shut the press up about a riff between them. The RF does work in mysterious ways. LOL

    • Jess says:

      I highly doubt Wiliiam will step in to do his brother’s work when he does not enough of his own work.

  43. line says:

    I have lots of good intuition. So despite the fact that I do not care much about this royal birth and all of royals births, but my intuition tells me since a few weeks that this baby may will be born between May 3 or May 5.

  44. Tessycat says:

    MtDoC, if you need to get labor started, I recommend doing laundry. I was switching loads when it started (the plug) and folding laundry when my water broke. Best wishes! 😄

  45. Serap says:

    My guess is that Meghan has already given birth like two weeks ago may be even earlier than that.

  46. JRenee says:

    I hope they fo have some family time before the word is out. They have been through some nasty press and attacks.

  47. notasugarhere says:

    Just think. This time next year we’ll have Harry, Meghan, Baby Sussex, Willem-Alexander, Maxima, and Amalia at the Invictus Games in the Netherlands. Can’t hardly wait. W-A and Max are so fun to watch at sporting events, cheering like crazy for their team.

  48. JByrdKU says:

    I’m not a medical professional, but I was taught the general practice is to consider inducing after 3 days. I believe the concern (again, just that I heard) was that the baby could begin breathing in fluid.

  49. MeghanNotMarkle says:

    I’ll toss my hat into the ring. She’s being induced and Harry’s trip hinges on whether or not there are complications with the delivery. If she ends up with a C-section I could see him wanting to stay home to help take care of her. Just my worthless $.02. I’m wishing mom and baby the best possible labor and delivery.

  50. A says:

    K, listen to me. I need this baby to be born on May 3rd. I had my odds on it for Charlotte, but my home girl came a day early, which is still perfectly fine, and she’s always going to be my favorite almost-birthday twin. But I would love it if it could be May 3rd this time around. My only other birthday twin is Machiavelli, and I love the man, but still. Pls.

  51. Anare says:

    I’m strongly feeling the baby(s) has come already. Pretty sure any staff working for them at Frogmore are as tight lipped as they come. If they blabbered to the press it would be easy to find out who’s talking so I doubt there would leaks from inside Frogmore.

  52. PrincessK says:

    There is absolutely no way that the baby is born without an announcement. But l think we can no longer call it Polo baby at this rate.

  53. NessaBee says:

    The flight from Amsterdam to London is about an hour and fifteen minutes, and that’s on a big plane, not a private flight. If HRH Meg goes into labor while he’s there he could be by her side in two hours, so it’s not really a big deal. And for sure she hasn’t had the baby yet – if she had we wouldn’t have seen Harry because they would all be together.

    • MeghanNotMarkle says:

      And Harry is a bad actor. He’d be beaming with pride out in public. He looks like a nervous Nellie still waiting for that baby to come.

  54. Sass says:

    I think the baby has already arrived.

  55. MeghanNotMarkle says:

    He cancelled that trip so I’m guessing Polo Baby is coming tonight or tomorrow.