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Meghan Markle – ‘Princess of the United Kingdom’ – did not give birth to Archie at home but at the £2,000 per night Portland Hospital, birth certificate confirms

MEGHAN Markle DID give birth to her first child Archie at the private Portland Hospital in Westminster, his birth certificate has revealed.

The document was made public 11 days after the young royal was born, despite initial hopes by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex that the birth be kept private.

It was thought initially that Meghan had given birth at the couple’s home, Frogmore Cottage in Windsor.

However, the birth certificate confirms reports that Meghan was driven 25 miles to the private Portland Hospital.

This luxury hospital has birthing suites that can cost up to £20,000, and was where her friend Victoria Beckgam gave birth.

It offers new mums lobster dinners, champagne-on-demand and four-poster baby cots.

It's understood that Meghan arrived at the hospital late on Sunday evening, before delivering her first child in the early hours of Monday morning, with Harry and mum Doria Ragland by her side.

The visit to The Portland was said to be so secretive, even senior royals were unaware.

Buckingham Palace declined to comment at the time, but sources confirmed that a hospital delivery had taken place.

Within hours the couple were back at Frogmore where Harry gave an impromptu press conference.

While the cheapest "birthing package" at the Portland Hospital costs around £15,000, it's reported that some mums spend an eye-watering £500,000 – depending on the number of nights they stay and other services they require.

The American-run hospital is known for its A-list patients, including Liz Hurley, Jools Oliver and the Duchess of York, with some VIP mums spending hundreds of thousands of pounds having their babies.

Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was born on May 6 at 5.26am weighing 7lb 6oz – although many details of his birth remained a mystery.

Usually the information is displayed on the proclamation outside of Buckingham Palace, but the couple opted to keep them hidden earlier this month.

This is in contrast to Prince William and Kate who allowed the certificates of their three children to be publicised for the benefit of historic record.

Harry, who was by Meghan's side during labour, said the "little thing is absolutely to-die-for".

The couple have been adamant that they wish to keep the birth as “private” as possible, but posed for a photocall at St George’s Hall on Wednesday May 8 showing off the tot.

It was revealed that Meghan gave Archie the middle name Harrison as a "tribute to her favourite Beatle".

His moniker is also believed to be a tribute to Princess Diana, who has an ancestor called Archibald Campbell, 9th Earl of Argyll.

And we exclusively revealed how Meghan and Harry named Archie after army hero and the Duke's mentor who got him deployed in Afghanistan.

 

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