By Stacey Leasca
May 07, 2019

On Monday, May 6, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle welcomed a baby boy into the world. Though we don’t know every detail about the little one just yet, we do know one thing: Meghan Markle did not have a home birth.

Rumors ran wild that the Duchess of Sussex had planned on giving birth to her first child in her home at Frogmore Cottage. However, it’s now been reported that the Duchess actually gave birth in a nearby hospital with her husband and mother, Doria, by her side.

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According to the Daily Mail, Meghan was secretly taken to an unnamed London hospital by Harry and a small security team. The plan was so under wraps that Prince Harry didn’t even inform senior royal officials that his wife was in labor until later in the day.

Mail Online's Rebecca English reported that the hospital was “most likely the Portland.” According to sources, Meghan remained in the hospital overnight before her baby was born at 5:26 a.m. on Monday.

But, had Meghan chosen to have a home birth, it wouldn’t have been that outlandish of an idea for a royal. As People reported, Queen Elizabeth herself was born at the London home of her maternal grandparents. She then gave birth to her children at home as well. Her sons, People explained, were all born at Buckingham, while her daughter, Princess Anne, was born at Clarence House.

Though fans will likely not hear much more about the birth, they are expected to get their first glimpse of the baby in the coming days. The new parents are expected to reveal the child’s name, along with the first family photo, on Wednesday, May 8.

Until then, the new family of three is reportedly spending quality time together inside Frogmore. According to royal commentator Omid Scobie, “Harry and Meghan are quietly enjoying private time at Frogmore Cottage with their new son. I’m told their first night as a family of three was peaceful and emotional.”  

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