All About Meghan Markle’s First Pregnancy
May 6, 2019
The royal baby is here! On May 6, 2019, Meghan Markle gave birth to a baby boy weighing 7 pounds, 3 ounces. Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor is Meghan’s first child with Prince Harry. He will join cousins Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis – the children of Prince William and Kate Middleton – as an heir to the throne. He is currently seventh in line behind Harry. Here are the details surrounding the Duchess of Sussex’s nine-month journey, from her pregnancy announcement to her hospital arrangements.
Back in October 2018, Kensington Palace announced that Meghan and Harry were expecting their first child. The news came five months after her wedding to Prince Harry in May 2018. Around the same time, a royal source spilled that Meghan had her 12-week pregnancy scan, convincing royal followers of a late-April due date. Conception likely happened in mid- or late-July – possibly during a two-day trip to Dublin, Ireland, which marked the Duke and Duchess’s first time abroad after the royal wedding.
The Rumors Begin
A few well-planned outfits fueled pregnancy rumors among royal followers. The first culprit was a Jason Wu dress with ruffles covering the stomach, which Meghan wore at the 100 Days of Peace concert in London. The Duchess of Sussex also covered her belly with a loose navy coat dress at Princess Eugenie's October wedding.
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A Royal Tour
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry kicked off their first major royal tour on October 15, 2018, by announcing their pregnancy. The world loved watching the mom-to-be show off her new baby bump in a slew of stunning outfits in Australia, New Zealand, Tonga, and Figi. Some speculated that the tour location prompted the announcement, since it would uncomfortable to wear belly-covering coats in the warm climates
A report in the Daily Mail Online suggested the Duchess may actually be carrying two royal babies. The world started placing bets, although Kensington Palace carefully worded their pregnancy announcement to hint that Meghan was carrying a single child.
Due Date News
Although Kensington Palace only revealed a due date of "Spring 2019," the Duchess of Sussex let it slip that her first child was expected in late April as she met locals in the Merseyside town on January 14, according to the Daily Mail. Fans speculated if the baby would share a birthday with a fellow royal – Queen Elizabeth's birthday is April 21 and little Prince Louie turned one year old on April 23. Meghan also confirmed that the baby’s gender would remain a surprise.
Nanny and Nursery Plans
In January, Vanity Fair reported that Meghan and Harry planned to design an “eco-friendly, gender-neutral nursery” at their new home, Frogmore Cottage at Windsor Castle. Other nursery features included eucalyptus-infused vegan paint, security cameras, security windows, and “a state-of-the-art stereo system." Vanity Fair also revealed that Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, planned to help out with the baby, so the royal couple didn’t intend to hire a nanny immediately after the birth.
A Royal Baby Shower
On February 18, Meghan delighted royal baby watchers with a surprise trip back to the States. According to People, the Duchess returned to New York City for a baby shower with close friends, including Serena Williams, Ama Clooney, Jessica Mulroney, and Gayle King.
What’s in a Name?
As Meghan’s due date approached, people starting betting on the royal baby’s name. In early April, the front runner for a girl was Elizabeth (after the currently reigning monarch), followed by Diana (after Harry's late mother) and Victoria (the other long-reigning queen). Other popular guesses included Grace and Allegra. For a boy, the most popular bets were Albert (Queen Victoria's husband) or Philip (Harry's grandfather), as well as Arthur and James.
On May 8, 2018, the Duke and Duchess announced the name on their Instagram account: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. They decided not to give their son a royal title; instead, his name is styled as Master Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.
The New Heir
Meghan and Harry's first child was born on Monday, May 6, at 5:26 a.m. He weighed in at 7 pounds, 3 ounces. News broke on the Sussex Royal Instagram account. The caption states, "More details will be shared in the forthcoming days."
A Luxury Hospital
On May 17, the Daily Mail published Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor's birth certificate. It stated that the royal baby was born at Portland Hospital in Westminster. This news refutes claims that Meghan gave birth at her home: Frogmore Cottage on Windsor Estate.
Childbirth stays at the luxurious Portland Hospital range from £15,000 to £20,000, according to the Daily Mail. New parents receive 24-hour room service, champagne, a celebration meal, four-poster beds, and other lavish amenities. Duchess of York Sara Ferguson gave birth to Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie at the hospital, and celebrities like Victoria Beckham and Elizabeth Hurley also chose it. (Kate Middleton famously gave birth to her three children in the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital).
Prince Harry and Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland, were supposedly present for Archie's birth.