Spring is just around the corner (we’re optimistic like that), which means so, too, is the arrival of Baby Sussex. Before that happens, however, Harry and Meghan have another life-altering change: moving out of Kensington Palace and into Frogmore Cottage in Windsor. Since the plan is for the couple to be happily ensconced in the country before the baby’s birth, that means finding a place for that to happen. And it looks as though the Lindo Wing in St Mary’s Hospital probably isn’t an option.
There are some reports making Meghan out to be a rule-breaking diva who doesn’t want to live anywhere near her sister-in-law, Kate, much less deliver her baby in the same hospital where Kate welcomed George, Charlotte and Louis. But any rational, sane person should be able to acknowledge that it only makes sense for Meghan and Harry to welcome their first child in a hospital closer and more accessible to Windsor.
The top contender, according to the Daily Mail, is Frimley Park Hospital in nearby Surrey, about 17 miles from Windsor and farther away from the congestion of London. It also happens to be where Harry’s aunt, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, had her two children, Louise and James. In fact, Sophie was rushed there in 2003 and required an emergency Caesarean with her daughter. She had James four years later and, in a sweet tribute to the hospital, Sophie returned to Frimley Park in 2014 to open its neonatal unit. What’s not to love about Harry and Meghan opting for Frimley Park?
“If their Royal Highnesses have moved to Frogmore Cottage before the birth, as planned, Frimley Park may be a more easily accessible option than St Mary’s,” a source told the Mail.
But it’s a lose-lose for Meghan, right? By choosing a different hospital than where Kate delivered her children (not to mention it’s also where Princess Diana had William and Harry), she’s bucking tradition in favour of practicality, and fuelling the fire of the Meghan vs. Kate talk. And if Megs does have the baby in the Lindo Wing, she’ll be accused of copying her sister-in-law.
If Meghan’s able, here’s hoping she’s doing her prenatal yoga, tuning out all the gossip, and instead, focusing on the move and welcoming a little human into their family. That’s stressful enough.