No, the Sussexes have not had their baby in secret, please stop saying that

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The silly season of “waiting for a royal baby to be born” has been happening for the past two weeks. It’s gotten worse this week, as rumors abound that Meghan is days overdue. British newspapers have sent their royal reporters to Windsor to wait outside of the Windsor Castle grounds, it looks like. Perhaps they’re waiting to see if an ambulance will be called, or waiting to see a stream of security heading to the hospital, or some sign that Meghan gave birth at home. Considering the flurry of activity from the royal reporters today, I’ve been half-expecting to hear SOMETHING. But no, there’s nothing. Which has led some people to believe that the Sussexes have already welcomed their baby and are just keeping it quiet. I cannot stress this enough: that is not the f–king case. Stop saying that.

Keep calm and carry on, royal baby fanatics; Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, were still waiting for the big moment on Thursday morning, despite rampant rumors to the contrary. A representative for Buckingham Palace told CBS News just after 5 a.m. Eastern on Thursday that the royal baby “hasn’t been born yet.”

Meghan’s exact due date hasn’t been made public by the royal couple, who have chosen to keep the first expansion of their family as private as possible. All the world knows is that her baby was due around the end of April or beginning of May.

[From CBS News]

It’s like people have never heard of an overdue first baby before. When Kate was pregnant with George, she was overdue too, and the The Great Kate Wait was a real thing and everyone went a little bit mad that summer because the wait was so long. The only reason it feels like we’ve been waiting for a long time with Meghan is because A) we haven’t had new photos of her since March and B) because many of us (myself included) convinced ourselves that she was actually due in mid-April.

And again, the palace is reportedly going to announce when Meghan is in labor. Just showing up a week from now with a baby and no warning is not a possibility in royal circles.

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  1. Case says:

    I think people are just having trouble wrapping their heads around the idea that most of us incorrectly guessed an earlier due date.

    • Bettyrose says:

      And it feels like she’s been showing for many months already. We now know she showed very quickly, probably due to her tiny frame, but yeah gotta reset our countdown clock.

      • Citresse says:

        Yes, and I think MM was approx 6 mos along and she herself said something to the effect of feeling very big, very pregnant….it can cause confusion with her actual due date….I’d be surprised if she doesn’t have the baby by 11 May

    • TheHeat says:

      @Case – I think you’re right. My brain keeps telling me that we heard she was due “in April”.

      • Case says:

        I thought so too, @TheHeat, but I think that was more press speculation than anything legit. I bet myself that she’d have the baby by April 16. I was way off!

  2. Lucia says:

    There is absolutely no way The Sussexes could keep that leak plugged for longer than 24 hours. The Queen wouldn’t have it and I don’t think Charles would either (I see them as co-leaders of the family now). Babies come in their own time. If Meghan is pushing for a natural birth, she probably won’t induce until absolutely necessary.

    Now that being said, I don’t think we will necessarily know when Meghan is in labor not because the palace thinks we should know but I can see Harry and Meghan defying any need to tell anyone.

    • Sam says:

      The idea of them revealing that she is in labour or feeling obligated to is ridiculous! Give them space & privacy ffs

      • noway says:

        This 100%!!! Why do we have to know when she is in labor? Plus, if they did have the baby already why is that a big deal? I mean they also said they weren’t doing the picture pose thing at the hospital, and they wanted to enjoy the moment as a family. I mean we will find out soon enough, with I’m sure a posed picture at home.

        Now I don’t think the baby is here yet either, only because if it was born last weekend as speculated, by now they would want to say something which might keep the crazy press away a bit, especially if they released a picture. Although it might not as people always want more pics. Plus, I think it’s hard to keep that kind of thing a secret for more than few days. Actually though if they managed to pull that off, then good for them. They need to be the ones going to the spy agency then not William. Honestly, not sure why people think it would be a big deal if they didn’t tell the public. Why do we need to know that quickly. I realize they are public figures, somewhat living off the people of Great Britain, I say somewhat cause they are rich people, even if you got rid of the monarchy they’d still be really wealthy. Still don’t think the public needs a min. by min. update.

      • LahdidahBaby says:

        Totally agree! Meghan, of all people, does NOT want the world watching while she’s in labor.

    • Himmiefan says:

      Yeah, I don’t see why M&H have to announce when she’s in labor. No one’s business.

    • Josie says:

      The palace briefed the press on what to expect, and telling everyone that she’s in labor was explicitly part of that plan.

      • noway says:

        okay, but maybe they did that to keep the press a bit at bay, but it didn’t work. Just saying, I think maybe it would be easier for the mother for people to leave her alone, and I could see kind of fibbing to make it easier for her. I mean it seems people either love or hate them. More love than hate, but the hate part is really mean. They could be protecting her.

      • Royalwatcher says:

        @Josie – THIS. I completely understand and agree with everyone saying that it’s no one’s business when she goes into labor. However, the BP release (to the media only) also explicitly said that the media would be informed of her being in labor. I don’t think they would flat out lie so I think we will definitely know once she is in labor (barring, of course, some emergency or something).

      • Tourmaline says:

        I think the telling when she is in labor part is gross (invasive) and dumb on the part of the palace. What’s next, tweeting % dilation and effaced on the hour?

        Also, some women have C-sections (planned or emergent) without even GOING into labor to begin with. Happened to me.

      • Josie says:

        When BP released the plan to the press, I took it as an implicit confirmation that Meghan will deliver at a hospital. Because they don’t need to do that unless they’re worried about leaks, and/or trying to avoid press stalkers at every possible L&D ward in the vicinity. It’s also a bit of a tradeoff — “we will tell you she’s in labor and in return, you won’t set up a rotating cast of photographers outside their house.”

      • notasugarhere says:

        BP may have done it to *try* to stop the press from invading Windsor and annoying the locals. Press cannot set up on the Long Walk until after BP announces she is in labor. The statement also made clear it would be several days after that before the one photographer, reporter, and camera person will get meet Harry, Meghan, and Baby Sussex.

    • Monicack says:

      So grateful for this post. It’s not even about the couple’s right to or expectation of privacy. I just find the conspiracies odd and weirdly obsessive. People who think the baby’s birth was kept a secret to piss off the media are just as bonkers as the people who think Harry and Meghan used a surrogate.

      • Bettyrose says:

        I honestly believed the theory that she’d publicized a later due date to have some privacy when she went into labor. Two weeks ago, I commented that I thought they were home enjoying private time with new baby. It was more a hope for them than a conspiracy theory, but I’ve since been persuaded that level of privacy is unrealistic for them. 😞

      • Monicack says:

        Bettyrose
        The way you’ve expressed this realistic and compassionate theory lifts you solidly out of the bonkers conspiracy camp.

      • Lucia says:

        No Bettyrose, I off and on wondered the exact same thing for the exact same reason. But I see no possible way that they could reasonably do that. If they somehow did, then hats off to them.

      • Sam Louise says:

        Hi Monicack – to be fair though, the announcement a few days ago saying Harry will be in the Netherlands for two days next week naturally caused confusion and speculation. It certainly made me think the baby was already here. After all, why would Harry be planning to leave town when his first child is imminent. I’m still not sure why the trip was announced at all. Any ideas, anyone?

      • Lucia says:

        If there is one thing that will pull Harry away, it’s the Invictus Games. I think that’s as much Harry’s child as the one that’s coming.

      • Mae says:

        @Sam Louise
        I think that Harry planned this trip awhile ago. He was always meant to go to the Hague as part of the Invictus Games 2020 (it will be 1 year to the day of the IG2020 opening when he goes next week). I think he’s done this for every IG. He always goes one year before the start of IG. So it wasn’t something random that he decided to do.
        Also, it’s been stated by several reporters that BP explicitly stated that Harry will attend IF possible. Which means that if Meghan still hasn’t given birth or if she gave birth just the day or two days before, then Harry will not go.
        I think they announced this trip in case Harry was able to go. So it wouldn’t come as a surprised later. But if he can’t go then he can’t go. It would be understandable.

      • Monicack says:

        Sam Louise
        It may have been a way to get people to relax as they would say oh the baby must not be slated to arrive for another week or so. It seemed to have the opposite reaction lol. Again and to be fair people such as yourself don’t bother me. It’s the ones who think she had the baby and is hiding that fact or the ones who bang on about Harry and Meghan deserving to author their own experience and then turn right around and hope they play silly games with the media. Harry and Meghan will do what is best for themselves and their growing family but they are also sensible and understand their focus is on the future and not media pranks and one up man-ship.

  3. Elisabeth says:

    My mother was two weeks late with me. She said by the time she went into labor she was so relieved. She was so sick of everyone asking ‘Have you had the baby yet?”

    i can’t imagine the whole world asking that

    • Eliza says:

      I was 5 days late, people start asking why the baby isn’t there at like 36 weeks. The last month is torture.

    • Ronaldinhio says:

      Yeah, 40 weeks plus 12 extra days plus 2 in labour with my first
      I thought she’s never come arggghh
      Your poor mum lol

    • Still_Sarah says:

      I was a late baby and my mother was scheduled to be induced on February 14th. She cleaned the house, did extra cooking for the 3 older kids and got to the hospital on time only to find out the doctor was sick and it had put over to the 17th. She said when she went home, she felt like her party had been canceled or something – she sat there not knowing what to do! So anyway I was born on the 17th but I came naturally several hours before she was scheduled to be induced. I agree that M & H are probably very tired of waiting and want the baby to be here NOW!

  4. Eliza says:

    I think she was 9-10 weeks when she announced. Which would put the due date in early/mid May. She said her friend delivered 5 weeks early and end of April / May; and most common delivery is a month range: 2 weeks before to 2 weeks after. If she was really the 14 weeks the news claimed in Australia she’d be over 42 weeks now, which is very risky given fluid levels.

    • Loopy says:

      Yeah I think they announced super early due together South t Pacific tour so it seems forever now.

    • Royalwatcher says:

      But they told us she had had her 12-week scan when they made the announcement. If you do the calculations, this puts the due date at a few days ago…exactly what Meghan herself told someone during an engagement: late-April/earl-May.

      • Jessica says:

        For whatever reason people don’t believe anything she says even ones who claim to like her.

        She said herself her due date was late April/ Early May. And she would know. It’s her baby.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Given her words to the person in the crowd, I was leaning towards last few days of April. And some of us were thrown by (our own) speculation about her birthstone rings. Sapphire (Harry), peridot (Meghan), and diamond (assumed baby but no we were wrong).

  5. Steph says:

    This waiting for the baby its kinda icky

    • OriginalLala says:

      seriously – I know we all want cute baby pics but let’s stop obsessing over this poor woman’s womb

    • KK2 says:

      Its annoying for real folks too. I have nothing but pity for any pregnant woman who goes a minute past her due date (i.e. the majority of them, statistically, esp first time moms). The constant “checking in” by friends/family gets intolerable. No one is more impatient than the pregnant woman herself at 40 weeks. We don’t need the “how’s it going?” texts daily.

      Sorry I’m sensitive- 36+ 3 with number 2 and getting ready for the final countdown…My first was born at 40+1 (of a due date I adjusted based on ovulation, otherwise 40+ 3 from LMP) and I was about ready to stab the next person who called to see if I had any signs of labor yet.

      Studies have shown that first babies are born something like 4-5 days past 40 weeks on average, and subsequent babies 2-3 days past due date. The “due date” is not an average in any sense (mean/median/mode) of when the baby is to be born.

      • Becks1 says:

        Hope the next month goes smoothly for you!

        I got lots of those questions, but I got the twin question too, which was SUPER annoying. People were so matter of fact about it. “when are they due? twins, right?” nope, just one, and its not like I had monster babies either (on the bigger side, but both less than 10 lbs.)

      • Meghan says:

        @KK2- my poor sister went over with both her kids. My nephew was just born in February and they kept telling my sister that he was measuring big and should be early and she ended up being induced at 41 weeks. She was so mad.

        Then my little one was causing so much havoc on my body that I was induced at 36 weeks (this is after he tried to come at 32 weeks) and my sister was so mad at me. But I was sick 24/7 with him, hospitalized a few times and on bed rest 3 separate times so really it wasn’t a pleasure.

    • LahdidahBaby says:

      Amen.

      • Isa says:

        I have 3 months to go and I have already started getting it based on the size of my belly. It sucks.

  6. PlainJane says:

    I really, really appreciate this Public Service Announcement! The comments have been getting so I N T E N S E! I was thinking we all need to (potentially) go with Harry next week, and catch some sort of chill.

  7. Chisey says:

    Lol THE BABY IS ALREADY A TODDLER. THE BABY WAS BORN OUT OF WEDLOCK AND HAS BEEN SECRETLY LIVING IN THE ATTIC UNTIL THE LEGIT DEBUT. Conspiracy theories make me laugh. Really, I bet the baby is late but how late? Surely they’ll induce eventually.

    • Lucia says:

      LMAO the baby is expecting a child now. The horror!! I’m betting a week overdue now. My sister and I made a bet about when my day was yesterday. My sister says Saturday and I think she’s right and will have the baby this weekend one way or the other.

    • Still_Sarah says:

      @ Chisey : I LIKE your conspiracy theory! It’s got style, girl.

      So who killed Jimmy Hoffa then, I mean while you’re here, give us the whole story! And what about Area 51? Man, I bet you know EVERYTHING! LOL.

    • Himmiefan says:

      I thought she had quadruplets in the car on the way to the church?

  8. Jamie says:

    That’s gotta be really annoying and stressful to have a bunch of vultures waiting outside your home for you to go into labor. I feel bad for any woman who has to put up with that.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      Are you speaking of the British Press Vultures or us posters Vultures here at Celebitchy? LOL! LOL!

  9. MrsBanjo says:

    The number of people saying “Stop being selfish” and the like to Harry and Meghan regarding the baby’s birth is disgusting. Acting as if they own them.

    • Anitas says:

      It’s so creepy!

    • Lucia says:

      Comments like that make my skin crawl. You pay less than £5 per year in taxes and think you have the right to treat them like animals in cages? Hardest of nos.

  10. BayTampaBay says:

    Somebody needs to drop some new tea on Turnip Toffgate so we have something new to talk about as we wait for Polo Baby! LOL! LOL!

    • Becks1 says:

      LOL, honestly, that’s part of the reason why I don’t understand William’s lashing out about the cheating story. Even if it dominated the news for a bit, baby Sussex would steal the spotlight, and the story likely would have died down on its own.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        @Becks1, As has been said many times, by many posters, on many threads, on this blog, “William is NOT the sharpest tool in the shed”! A tool yes, but not sharp.

      • Still_Sarah says:

        @ Becks1 : Very good point. Wills just had to ignore it (or find a mistress who was better at not blabbing). Baby Sussex would have stolen the whole show.

      • PrincessK says:

        The story of William cheating will never die down. The idea that they have a perfect happy marriage is completely dead. William has humiliated his wife in front of the whole world.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        “The story of William cheating will never die down. ”

        Of the cheating story is not going to die down because I will not let it! LOL!

      • RoyalFan says:

        Can any one shed any light on this rumour about Prince William and the banker? Who was Prince William dating when he cheated with Kate?

  11. Becks1 says:

    Yeah, the speculation is super annoying, especially because its based largely on the fact that the Queen visited them, but…it makes sense for the queen to visit. And if the visit happened around Easter, are we saying that the baby is 2 weeks old and we don’t know? complete bullsh1t.

    I actually unfollowed Emily Giffin (the author) on IG last night because she has been annoying me so much with all her baby speculation and the rampant insistence from her followers that the baby is here, Meghan loves the spotlight so much, you know she is doing this on purpose. (I don’t follow that logic but whatever.) And I know, I sure showed her, lol.

    Anyway, my guess is that she was probably less than 12 weeks when they announced, maybe 11 weeks? they said she had the first trimester scan, right? I know here in the US you could get that at any point from maybe 10 and a half weeks (maybe not that early, but definitely by 11 weeks) to 13 weeks, maybe a bit beyond that. So maybe she was 11 weeks for that, which would make her a week or two behind what many think.

    The only reason I don’t think the baby is due in early May* is because she did go on mat leave at the end of march. My guess is her maternity leave was a month before her due date, so late April. Maybe April 30 was the EDD, which would make sense since her mom arrived April 16, right? so that’s 2 weeks before the EDD which makes sense.

    *I know clearly the baby is coming in early May, lol, but I imagine she is a few days overdue.

    I also kind of wonder if she is on bedrest or anything, and maybe she did start her mat leave a bit early because of that, but I hope that’s not the case. In general I hope she is as comfortable as possible and that Baby Sussex arrives safely.

    • Becks1 says:

      And YES, I am judging myself for saying “the speculation is super annoying” and then going on to speculate for several paragraphs. LOL.

      • KidV says:

        LOL!

        I figured she had to announce early because she was showing so soon. I don’t remember dates, such as when their tour was so I couldn’t figure this out on my own and I was too lazy to google, but there was no way she could have hidden her pregnancy any longer, so your timeline makes perfect sense to me.

      • Royalwatcher says:

        IMO though, there are two kinds of speculation. 1) how exciting; oh, I guess I got the due date wrong; can’t wait for baby; hope Meghan is feeling good; etc. And 2) all the stupid conspiracy stuff. Yours is the former, so it (feels like, IMO) comes from a friendly, curious place rather than a judgmental, absurd, cray cray place.

        :)

      • Moose says:

        She maybe had the first trimester scan earlier than normal as she had a definite date to travel 24 hours to the other side of the world for a gruelling tour; the organisers and hosts of events would have needed to be told she was pregnant just in case…

  12. minx says:

    Thank you for this, the conspiracy theories have been ridiculous.

    • Himmiefan says:

      Now, the Dim is ranting that Harry and Meghan didn’t call Charlotte “Princess” in their birthday greeting. I left a comment that they were really reaching with that story.

      • Oceanbreeze says:

        Completely disrespectful not to address her as Princess (which all other royals did)
        But then again what’s in it for her? More attention? Keeps on getting it

      • Ader says:

        @Oceanbreeze…are you being sarcastic? Please tell me you’re being sarcastic.

  13. Abby says:

    I said it on the other post but both my babies were a week and two days (or longer) overdue. If I was to have another kid I would estimate 41 weeks 2 days as my normal gestation. It is super stressful to be overdue with everyone checking on you; much less be a royal!!

    • Deedee says:

      Every one of my three was a week past the “due date” which is just an estimate, anyway. Doctor telling me due date for Baby 3: Your due date is June 21.
      Me: Oh, so June 28.
      Doc: It’s June 21.
      Baby: My birthday is June 28!

  14. Casey02 says:

    Count me in as one who had the wrong timeframe on baby due date….The baby will come when it is time for he/she to come. One more conspiracy, Meghan was showing really early…Harry said, there’s a big baby in there on one of their engagements…she’s either with twins or that baby is huge!!

    • BayTampaBay says:

      Of all the crazy rumors, the only one I bought into was the one regarding twins. The wackos posting on the Daily Fail went on and on about the changing bump size. I had a friend who had twins and she said the shape of her bump changed daily depending on how the two dudes decided to lay and the two dudes were constantly fighting for the same place to lay.

    • Ader says:

      The only reason I don’t think it’s twins is because the stores they used to decorate the nursery would have surely leaked that they bought two of everything (cribs, carriers, etc…)

  15. paranormalgirl says:

    I was 2 weeks overdue with my twinspawn. It was hell. Everyone told me that twins usually come early. Of course, mine had to be late. And they still are late to everything.

    • Lilly (with the double_L) says:

      Ha ha. I don’t have twins, but I relate to the late part.

  16. Ali says:

    My first was born on his due date (Virgo boy lol) and my second came 5 days early with a two hour from first contraction to delivery labor ( Aries boy).

    I’m glad they made the announcement. Their behavior so far seems perfectly normal for last weeks of a pregnancy.

  17. RoyalBlue says:

    Ah yes. Pregnancy. Up to 40 weeks you are praying baby stays put long enough and from 40 weeks the anxiety grows daily when it doesn’t deliver.

    I am done with speculating and just hoping for a safe delivery. In my betting pool I have a girl born naturally on Sunday May 5. Good luck to me.

  18. Vanessa says:

    I think that some of the conspiracy theories regarding Meghan pregnancy have gone to far first it was she and Harry are faking her pregnancy and they have a surrogate. Now it’s she had the baby but her and Harry are hiding the baby from the media and playing games . The hysteria surrounding Meghan is too much I don’t believe she had the baby yet I think as much as the media want Meghan and Harry to be the rebels of the royal family they are not nothing they done so far as been as scandals or as Rebellious as the British media and royal reporters make it out to be . All the British reporters and media and Meghan haters swear that the Sussex are irrelevant not important the way some this reporters are acting over the sixth in line to the throne baby you would think the baby is the heir to the throne .

  19. Nicegirl says:

    I’m just so excited to see pics of the little darling for years to come. I love the pics of the Cam tots as they grow and think M & H’s baby will be just a doll. Meghan is so so beautiful.

  20. Suzanne Huggins says:

    She and I have the same body type—starting at the end of the third trimester everyone assumed I would be having the baby in two weeks…nope, 8 more weeks to go. There is nowhere else for the baby to go but right in the front of your body. It was enough to get it from people I knew or random people in the grocery store, but what she is experiencing is on another level.

  21. CynicalCeleste says:

    What will be will be and I’m sure kaiser is right. But it’s getting so hard to ignore the facts piling up…. here are a few reasons why i think its tempting / not so crazy that one might start wondering if maybe, just maybe, that baby has been born…Lol
    1 – high profile over 35 first time mom prob wouldn’t announce prior to 12 weeks and she is on record saying to expect it late april / early may right?
    2 – as a 35+ mom its unlikely doctors would allow 2 weeks overdue, in fact, if baby is healthy and looks “done” at 39 weeks many docs would encourage inducing at this point on. kudos to her if she wants to wait for nature to take its course but doctors are pretty clear that a healthy baby is safer once delivered and an older mom doesn’t usually have the luxury of waiting around for baby to decide. though granted, this mom does have access to unusual luxuries.
    3 – QE, K&W and numerous cousins visited the house over the past week….to see the renovations? to visit megan on the nest? hmmmm… we don’t usually hear reports of house visits in this formal family but ok…
    4 – Doria has been here for a couple weeks now, versus only arriving a day or two prior to the big wedding
    5 – The makeup artist has come and gone
    6 – MM spotted in a helicopter yesterday between KP and FH, so not housebound
    7 – Harry’s confirmation a couple days ago that he’ll leave the country next week
    8 – Also confusing… saying they will announce the baby after they’ve had time to celebrate as a family versus saying they will announce when she goes into labour – how can both be true? Telling the world a woman’s labour has begun actually seems more intrusive imho….so perhaps we’re in that private time zone now?
    I’m sure everyone will correct my “facts” now, so have at it :-)

    • Bella DuPont says:

      I actually agree with you on all points.

      My only hope for them at this point is a nice, healthy baby with no complications. We will deal with all the other bullshit as always, with humour and perseverance.

      😊

    • Royalwatcher says:

      1 – you do know it’s still “early-May,” right? If you do the calculations based on 12 weeks at the time of the announcement then the due date would have been about 2-3 days ago.
      3 – we don’t have any official confirmation on any of these visits. So I’d put this as speculation rather than fact. Personally, I don’t think the queen visited them…I kind of imagine she receives visitors rather than making calls, like people come to her not the other way around…but that’s JMO.
      4 – Doria probably came early in case the baby came early. Since there is no guarantee on the birth date (except for a scheduled c-section) – unlike a wedding! – she probably didn’t want to miss the birth if Baby Sussex was early.
      5 – the makeup artist (who can’t keep his big mouth shut) actually is on record saying he’ll be in London/UK until May 5, so he hasn’t gone.
      6 – source, please? This is the first I’ve heard of this and haven’t seen any pics (and I’m on twitter all day checking for Sussex news, lol).
      7 – My first thought about this trip is that it means the baby will be born by then for sure (i.e. this will be past the date of needing to be induced if baby hasn’t appeared yet). Again, JMO though.
      8 – Both are true because the additional media note (released by the German press) said that media would be notified when she goes into labor. The public media release said that no pictures will be allowed until they’ve celebrated privately. I mean, honestly, this is exactly what the Cambridges did – media notified when K went into labor and then they “celebrated privately” in the hospital (with parents and Camb kids coming to visit) and then did the photocall. This is the same for the Sussexes except their photocall will be in Frogmore Cottage garden instead of hospital.

    • Mimi says:

      1. Speculation, no facts
      2. Speculation, no facts
      3. Speculation, we’ve seen no photos to prove these visits took place
      4. Speculation, no one knows when Doria arrived
      5. Speculation that his visit had anything to do with Meghan. Does he moonlight as her OB/GYN? If not, he can come & go as he pleases.
      6. Not even speculation, flat out bullshit. Where’s the proof? Show me a photo.
      7. Speculation. It’s been stated numerous times that he will go if he can.
      8. Obviously labor precedes one’s ability to celebrate with a birthed baby, so the confusion is yours alone.

      Put the tinhat down.

    • Sparkly says:

      Inducing for no reason other than maternal age is likely to cause more complications than anything. If there are other reasons for an induction, sure, but not just her age. I’m given to understand that the UK usually uses midwives unless particularly high risk, so they’d likely be less inclined to induce for such a thing than ob-gyns in the US would.

  22. Whatabout says:

    Just a heads up Rebecca English clarified that they may announce when Meghan is in labor. If they have can. Rebecca seems to think the misunderstanding is coming from the poorly worded press release.

    Now for me I totally thought this kid was coming at the end of March. It does seem that they may have announced this pregnancy too early. I know Kate has too because of serious sickness but I really think celebrities need to wait a bit before announcing. It’s great that your pregnant but all these papers go too crazy with it.

    • Royalwatcher says:

      They said she had her 12-week scan when they made the annoucement, so that’s a pretty typical time for people to start sharing the news. The problem with waiting, for Meghan, is that she was CLEARLY already showing 2 days later when they arrived for the tour. IMO, they HAD to announce it otherwise the entire tour would have been overshadowed with pregnancy speculation.

      • Whatabout says:

        I didn’t think she was showing at all during their royal tour. I noticed she touched her stomach a few times but I didn’t think she looked pregnant.

      • Royalwatcher says:

        Well we can just disagree on that. On her first engagement (not to mention by the end of the tour) – wearing that white dress in front of the Sydney Opera House – she is noticeably pregnant, IMO. Compare her side profile to her side profile in that yellow sheath dress, e.g. and her stomach is much more rounded and her middle thicker. I mean, yes, if we didn’t know her and what she looked like prior, I wouldn’t say pregnant necessarily…but she definitely did not have the same flat stomach she had before, even at the start of the tour.

        If she were home and doing engagements then I don’t think they would have necessarily announced, but she was going to be seen every day, multiple times a day and her body was changing rapidly. Not to mention the fact she might need to back out of an engagement if she were feeling tired or ill. I also think announcing it prior to the tour gave everyone a chance to celebrate with them. My feeling at the time was that everyone (or many people) they had just seen on the tour would have been so disappointed to miss the chance to give a baby gift or say congrats if they announced it right after.

      • Lucia says:

        Meghan showed quite a bit in that blue dress. She’s 164cm tops and has a tiny frame. I’m surprised she kept her weight as under control as she did. I wouldn’t have judged her for getting bigger.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Every sideways shot during that Australia/NZ tour showed she was visibly pregnant. People were already guessing it 4 weeks earlier with her blue ruffled Jason Wu dress, green leather skirt, blue top/jacket with front peplum. She’s little, the baby had nowhere to go but out front.

  23. Annie says:

    First babies often come late as the woman’s body has never had to prepare for labor before. This is not unusual in the slightest. Mine was the full two weeks late and I had to be induced against my wishes (and surprise, the baby was not ready and those two days were a living hell). Women in my family, and my husband’s family, seem to have bodies that prefer being 42 weeks pregnant. Stories abound of women going up to 44 weeks in the pre-induction days, often with their third, fourth, or fifth child. Our bodies are not the same and should not be treated as one-size-fits-all, though of course I understand the drive to do so is rightfully out of concern for the child.

    Additionally, there’s a real likelihood that she announced before 12 weeks. I can’t say I blame her. Weeks 7-14 are some of the hardest, with the physical toll grinding you down but feeling pressured to not tell anyone. With our second and third I actually broke down around 9 weeks and told relatives at dinner so that I had an excuse to go lie down. Wish we could have done a more fun announcement, but the exhaustion is excruciating. There’s a significant possibility she was feeling lousy and wanted to let loved ones know she wasn’t operating at a 100%, and then people took that as “Okay, first trimester is done, she’s due mid-April and she won’t be a day over obviously the end.” And when that doesn’t play out, b/c we’re not machines, conspiracy theorists start to run rampant.

    A little humility for all of us. Bodies are weird. Bodies making new bodies are extra weird.

  24. HeyThere! says:

    I honestly don’t ‘care’ when the baby is born, I just want to know the name! So curious! I put ‘care’ in like that because I only really care about the name, but care that everyone is healthy and happy. Whenever that might be.

    • NameNerd says:

      Same! I’m not all that curious about the baby, but I really want to know the name they choose!

  25. PrincessK says:

    Anyway l have been completely wrong l thought baby would come early April at most. This baby is definitely not a Polo baby.

  26. Loretta says:

    Baby Sussex knows how to make himself/Herself wait. I would love a baby girl

  27. TheOriginalMia says:

    The conspiracy theories have been annoying. It’s completely unrealistic to think this high profile couple could hide a baby for over 2 weeks without someone spilling the beans to pay their mortgage for the next few months.

  28. Redgrl says:

    Totally different note – I just have to say that photo of them en route to the reception is my favourite picture of them ever.

  29. Flying fish says:

    Oh well, as long as the baby is healthy when he or she arrives and Meghan is ok.