Is Meghan Markle in labor?
Meghan, 37, had been under 24-hour care and security at Kensington Palace as she awaited the birth of her first child, but it seems baby Sussex will be born later than expected.
This morning, Meghan and Harry, 34, took the royals’ Sikorsky S76 C++ chopper to their new Frogmore Cottage pad on the grounds of Windsor Castle. Their hush-hush trip came days after Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, flew to London to help with the birth.
“The fact heavily-pregnant Meghan is being allowed to fly, even at low altitudes in a helicopter, suggests her due date is far later than people thought,” a source exclusively told RadarOnline.com.
The palace insider said the couple’s last-minute trip could also mean she’s chosen Frimley Park Hospital to give birth as it is the maternity facility closest to their cottage.
There has also been speculation the former Suits actress could have a home birth, but the palace insider said there is “no chance” the family will allow her to, as the “safety of the royal baby is paramount."
It was reported this week that Sunday, April 28, was Meghan’s official due date, but there are also rumors she is not set to have her baby until May 17.
As Radar readers know, Meghan has recruited her own team of U.S. medics to aid her during labor after learning the hospitals nearest to her London homes have been hit by a shocking string of health scares. The mom-to-be has four units to choose from for her upcoming first birth – but all were slammed by British government inspectors.
The Mulberry Birth Centre in Frimley Park Hospital is the closest maternity ward to the Duke and Duchess’ home at Windsor Castle, but the maternity unit reported a lack of midwives.
A recent government report said: “We rated it as requires improvement because midwifery staffing did not always meet planned levels… Midwives described the impact of short-staffing, including missing key equipment checks and staff feeling ‘exhausted’ from working extra shifts.”
Just this Monday, April 29, fans were convinced Meghan had gone into labor after spotting a police escort racing between Windsor and central London during the morning rush hour, but other sources said it was a “practice run” for her journey — or a cortege for a politician or dignitary visiting London.