Meghan Markle and Prince Harry just welcomed their first child—a baby boy!—and the excitement is contagious. As we await official photos of the newborn, here’s all the wild rumors we heard ahead of his birth.
The baby is a girl.
In an interview with E! News in April 2019, Meghan’s close friend, Serena Williams, appeared to let it slip that the royal baby is a girl. (Obviously, this was not true.)
During the interview, Williams mentioned that her “friend is pregnant” before elaborating further. “She was like, ‘My kid’s gonna do this,’ [and] I just looked at her like, ‘No, she’s not. No, you’re not.’ She was like, ‘I need to talk to you about tips,’ because, yes, I had all of those high expectations.” Williams appeared to call the baby “she” and, understandably, royal fans immediately assumed that Meghan was having a baby girl. Of course, that rumor has since been proven false.
The baby is a boy.
Just as rumors about the royal baby being a girl started circulating, so did rumors about Meghan and Harry’s child being a boy. Contrary to Meghan and Harry’s claims that they’re keeping the sex of their baby a secret, Us Weekly reported in February 2019 that the Duchess of Sussex apparently revealed that she was having a boy to guests at her epic two-day New York baby shower.
Adding to the speculation, Cosmopolitan theorized that Meghan might be having a boy as her friend, Abigail Spencer, arrived at the baby shower with blue gift wrapping.
The baby will be raised gender fluid.
In February 2019, a source told Vanity Fair, “Meghan has been talking to some of her friends about the birth and how she and Harry plan to raise their baby. Her exact word was fluid.” They continued, “She said they plan to raise their child with a fluid approach to gender and they won’t be imposing any stereotypes.”
However, the Palace has since debunked this suggestion, telling Hello! magazine in a statement, “This story is totally false.”
Meghan is having twins.
At the end of 2018, betting site Paddy Power suspended bets on Meghan having twins saying, “An unprecedented amount of bets on Meghan and Harry to have twins has forced us to stop taking bets on the market altogether this morning.” The statement continued, “Since the day began, the stream of bets has led us to believe that perhaps the punters—or an insider source—knows something more than we do.”
Meanwhile, Harry alluded to the fact that they were having just one baby. At the Endeavour Awards in February 2019, Prince Harry joked, “There’s a heavy baby in there!”
The royal baby will be raised with “clean living.”
A source told People in March 2019 that Meghan is “being mindful of what she puts in her body and on her skin and even her at-home cleaning supplies.” The insider continued, “She’s hyperaware of what she’s using. She’s looking for natural things.”
As these measures are apparently related to Meghan’s “California roots,” the rumor isn’t all that hard to believe. Per the source, “She eats cleaner, and she’ll probably make her own baby food.”
The Queen is against the royal baby being raised vegan.
According to Woman’s Day, Meghan and Harry were reportedly considering raising the royal baby on a vegan diet. Allegedly, a source told the publication that when it comes to veganism, “The Queen won’t have it.” The source continues, “Bringing the baby up as a vegan simply won’t be tolerated by the monarch.”
It’s worth noting that Meghan isn’t actually a vegan herself. In a TV interview following their engagement announcement in November 2017, the royals revealed that they’d been roasting a chicken together when Harry proposed. And back in 2016, Meghan admitted to Best Health, “I try to eat vegan during the week and then have a little bit more flexibility with what I dig into on the weekends.” So, yes—take the royal baby vegan rumor with a large pinch of salt.
Meghan had a doula.
In February 2019, Hello! magazine reported that Meghan had hired a doula to deliver the royal baby at home. The doula in question, Lauren Mishcon, denied the reports to The Jewish Chronicle, saying, “It’s the result of a Facebook joke on my personal page and a very tenuous connection between my husband’s grandfather and Princess Diana.” And she continued, “The more I deny it, the more people believe it.”
According to Hello!, Mishcon’s husband is “the grandson of solicitor Lord Mishcon, whose law firm handled the divorce of Princess Diana and Prince Charles,” which has led to the current speculation.
Meghan selected a female doctor to deliver her baby.
In April 2019, The Daily Mail reported that Meghan apparently didn’t want “the men in suits” on the Queen’s medical team delivering her baby. Instead, the duchess reportedly chose her own team of medical professionals, led by a female doctor.
The publication notes that”Royal Household gynecologists Alan Farthing and Guy Thorpe-Beeston were present for the births of all three of Kate Middleton’s children.
A second source seemed to confirm the selection. “It is slightly surprising,” the source said. “These people [the Queen’s doctors] are the best of the best.” However, according to The Telegraph, staff at the Lindo Wing, where Kate gave birth, “have been asked not to take holiday in April. Everyone thinks it’s got something to do with the royal baby but no one is confirming anything.”
Now that Baby Sussex is here, all these wild rumors can officially be put to rest.
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