By Stacey Leasca
Updated: April 23, 2019

Over the weekend, the entire British royal family attended Easter Sunday church services at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor. Everyone but Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, that is.

Why didn’t one of the newest members of the royal family attend both the church service as well as the 93rd birthday celebration for Queen Elizabeth? Because not only is she expecting her first child any day now, but she was also reportedly busy welcoming her own mother to town.

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According to reports, Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, officially landed in the United Kingdom last week. And she’ll remain in the country until well after the new royal baby is born.

“She has sometimes worried about being so far away but she is absolutely going to be there for her at the birth,” a source told The Sun about Doria’s move. “She wants to spend as much time as possible with her first grandchild and has come over for a sustained period of time. Meghan also wanted to show off her new house to her mum and the two have been enjoying spending time together.”

And it’s not just Meghan who is thrilled to have Doria around for help, guidance, and a loving helping hand.

“Harry adores Doria and is happy to have her around. Meg is understandably apprehensive and wanted her mum with her to calm her,” the source added. “She wants the birth to be as natural as possible and wants to stay at home for as long as possible. But her watchword is flexibility. If at the last minute, doctors advise her to go to the hospital or she feels she wants drugs, then, of course, she’ll take their advice.”

Now that Meghan’s mom is in town the baby could arrive any day. However, adoring fans around the world may not know about its arrival for quite some time.

As Travel + Leisure previously reported, Harry and Meghan will forgo the traditional route of having their child in the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital. Instead, they may choose to give birth at home or at a nearby hospital in Windsor. Then, the couple is planning to invite just one photographer to take pictures of the baby, which will be posted to the couple’s new Instagram page. So, make sure you’re following the royals there or you may miss out.

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