Why we don't know where Meghan Markle's having her baby

Danielle Stacey
Royal Correspondent

The world is waiting for the imminent arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s first child, but we still don’t know where Meghan is planning to have her baby.

The couple have reportedly decided not to opt for the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s hospital in Paddington, where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have had all three of their children.

Instead, it’s believed that Harry and Meghan are choosing somewhere in Windsor, but this has not been confirmed by Kensington Palace.

The Queen’s former press secretary Dickie Arbiter says the location of the baby’s birth will be down to logistics.

Speaking on Yahoo UK‘s ‘The Royal Box,’ Mr Arbiter says that Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey is an option for the couple, if they have moved to their new home in Frogmore Cottage in Windsor by that time.

Harry and Meghan in Morocco in February [Photo: PA]

There has reportedly been a delay for the move, due to renovations of the Grade-II listed property over-running.

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Mr Arbiter says: “[Frimley Park hospital] It’s near Windsor, it’s 16 miles away [from Frogmore Cottage].

“It’s where Sophie Wessex had her children and they are very capable of anything that is required.

“The Lindo Wing is 25 miles away [from Frogmore Cottage], there’s traffic, so there are problems, so at the end of the day it’ll be about Harry and Meghan deciding.

“If they’re in Frogmore Cottage, my guess is they’ll go to Frimley Park. If they’re not in Frogmore Cottage, it’ll be down the road to Paddington.”

Frimley Park hospital in Surrey is thought to be one of the options for Harry and Meghan [Photo: PA]

The Countess of Wessex had both of her children Lady Louise Windsor, and James, Viscount Severn, now 15 and 11 respectively, at the NHS-run Frimley Park.

Mr Arbiter added that the location of the baby’s birth may also be down to the obstetrician and where he or she wants to deliver the child.

Parking restrictions were put in place outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s hospital, in the weeks leading up to Prince Louis’ birth last April [Photo: PA

In the lead-up to the births of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, parking restrictions were put in place outside the Lindo Wing.

There are currently no notices up outside the private maternity ward in Paddington.

Ordinary mothers-to-be in the UK are able to choose where they want to give birth, whether it be at home (if you’re a low-risk) in a unit run by midwives or a hospital.

Usually parents will decide to choose a hospital that is closest to where they live, but as stated on the NHS website, if you’re willing to travel, you’re free to choose any maternity services.