Why Meghan Markle Probably Won't Give Birth in the Lindo Wing

Meghan Markle is not expected to give birth in the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital, where Kate Middleton and Princess Diana had their kids.

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Royals love their traditions and Meghan Markle and Prince Harry (opens in new tab) love to go against those traditions. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, known for pushing the royal etiquette envelope, might be gearing up to break another huge royal tradition when they welcome their first child (opens in new tab) this spring.

According to reports from the Daily Mail (opens in new tab)Meghan probably won't give birth (opens in new tab) at the famed Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital (opens in new tab), which you probably know best as "that giant, fancy red-bricked building that's always standing behind Kate Middleton (opens in new tab) when she steps out for her post-labor photo calls."

Kate isn't the only royal (opens in new tab) who has chosen to deliver at the Lindo Wing, of course. Prince William and Harry's late mother, Princess Diana, started the tradition of giving birth at St. Mary's and posing for a photo call with the newborn royal in question back in the 80s.

Meghan is not expected (opens in new tab) to follow the tradition, however, mostly because she and Harry will likely be settled in at their new home, Frogmore Cottage in Windsor (opens in new tab) (about 25 miles away from St. Mary's), by the time she gives birth.

So where will Meghan give birth (opens in new tab)? There are a couple of top contenders, according to People (opens in new tab).

One option that Harry and Meghan (opens in new tab) are reportedly considering is Frimley Park hospital in Surrey. Frimley has a royal connection of its own—it's where Sophie, Countess of Wessex, gave birth to her two children.

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The other option? A home birth (opens in new tab). Home births aren't common today, but they're actually very traditional for the royal family (opens in new tab), historically speaking.

Kensington Palace is not currently commenting on any of the options being suggested.


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Kayleigh Roberts
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