As superfans camp out on the streets of Windsor, the world is still waiting for Baby Sussex to arrive, with people on social media hopeful a ‘Star Wars
Meghan, 37, let slip she is due ‘at the end of April or early May’ on a walkabout in Birkenhead in January, but the exact date is still a mystery.
Speculation went into overdrive yesterday when the Queen’s car was spotted being escorted through the streets of Windsor.
Royal fans were sent into further meltdown when Harry, 34, cancelled his trip to the Netherlands next week, fuelling rumours the baby could be born at any moment.
Some have even speculated the baby has already arrived, after the couple said they planned to ‘celebrate as a new family’ before announcing it to the world.
With due date and gender speculation at fever pitch social media is awash with frustrated royal fans desperate for the big news to break.
Some are hopeful the newest addition to the royal family will arrive today – Star Wars Day.
The world is still waiting for news of the birth of Prince Harry and Meghan’s first child. They are pictured together at Buckingham Palace on March 5
Meghan is believed to be spending time with her mother Doria (pictured) in the run-up to labour
With due date and gender speculation at fever pitch social media is awash with frustrated royal fans desperate for the big news to break
Others expressed their exasperation they are still being kept in the dark, with radio host Chris Evans sensationally claiming the baby had already been born this week.
Meanwhile, Meghan is believed to be ‘calm’, ‘comfortable and surrounded by her mother Doria and close friends and family as she waits to go into labour.
A royal source told Harper’s Bazaar: ‘They’re in their own bubble at the moment. Meg is with the most important people in her life… she’s calm.’
The bookies are currently pointing towards Baby Sussex being a girl, with 4/7 odds, as opposed to 5/4 odds for a boy.
Among the names most likely to be chosen are Diana, Victoria, Allegra, Arthur, Philip, Charles and William.
Paddy Power has suspended betting, while Ladbrokes is putting its weight behind Grace for a girl and Arthur for a boy.
Meghan is believed to have planned having her first child at the couple’s new home, Frogmore Cottage, in Windsor (pictured)
A Paddy Power spokesman said: ‘We’ve suspended betting on which day Harry and Meghan’s baby will arrive following a huge increase in wagers which indicate to us that someone knows something – and perhaps the child is already born.’
‘That, combined with the rumours and speculation has us convinced that the royal arrival has already happened and if the betting is anything to go by, it’s almost certainly a baby girl.’
Ladbrokes said bets are pouring in on Meghan and Harry having a boy, with the odds down from 11/10 to evens yesterday – although a girl is still the favourite at 8/11.
The favourite for the name with the bookmaker is now a tie between Grace and Diana at 6/1, followed by Arthur and Elizabeth at 8/1 and Philip at 10/1.
Meghan is believed to have planned having her first child at the couple’s new home, Frogmore Cottage, in Windsor.
It is understood that the couple had ruled out the option of using the private Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, which was used by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Kate gave birth to George, now five, Charlotte, three, and 11-month-old Louis at St Mary’s.
It is thought Harry and Meghan decided against it because it felt too much like a ‘goldfish bowl’.
The Duchess objected to the idea of standing on the steps of the maternity unit surrounded by the public and the media just hours after the birth, particularly when her child will not be in the direct line of succession.
Royal fans have been waiting excitedly for news of Baby Sussex’s arrival. Pictured is superfan Terry Butt, 84, who is sleeping on the streets near Windsor Castle ahead of the birth
Fans were also seen outside Windsor Castle this week holding a banner which congratulated the Royal couple on ‘the birth of your first baby girl’
It also emerged the couple had made clear that they wanted minimal involvement from the Queen’s household doctors, surgeon gynaecologists Alan Farthing and Guy Thorpe-Beeston, widely considered to be among the best in the business.
Harry put royal fans on tenterhooks when he appeared at the London Marathon last Sunday with his wife’s due date imminent.
He added further fuel to the fire when announced and subsequently cancelled a trip to the Netherlands.
He was due to be there on May 8 and 9, but has now called it off citing ‘logistical planning’ reasons.
Palace sources have insisted the cancellation of the first day of the trip is unconnected with the birth, but the move will allow him more time with the baby should he or she be born in the meantime.
A motorist spotted the Bentley vehicle with pink blankets in the window escorted by a police motorcade through Windsor yesterday, and thought it might be carrying Baby Sussex
The car was carrying the Queen to present a service of the Royal Victorian Order in Windsor
A spokesman for the Duke said: ‘Due to the logistical planning for the travelling press to cover visits and engagements by The Royal Family, we have taken the decision to postpone The Duke of Sussex’s scheduled visit to Amsterdam on Wednesday 8th May 2019.
‘The Duke is currently scheduled to travel to The Hague on Thursday 9th May for the launch of the Invictus Games The Hague 2020 as planned.’
The decision will allow Harry extra time at home with Meghan who could now be significantly overdue.
The Queen set heartbeats racing when she was spotted being escorted through Windsor by the police yesterday.
Motorist Tamoor Ali, 37, spotted a Bentley vehicle with pink blankets in the window escorted by a police motorcade through the Berkshire town.
But it later emerged that the car was carrying the Queen to present a service of the Royal Victorian Order at St George’s Chapel in front of 1,200 people.
10 facts about royal births as the wait for Baby Sussex continues
While the wait goes on for the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s baby, here are 10 facts about royal births:
1. Surgery at home
The Queen – then Princess Elizabeth – was born by Caesarean section in 1926. But the surgery took place in her grandparents’ home in Mayfair, rather than in a hospital.
2. The NHS
Lady Louise Windsor was the first of the Queen’s grandchildren to be born in an NHS hospital. She arrived prematurely following an emergency Caesarean after a seriously-ill eight months pregnant Countess of Wessex was rushed to Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey.
3. Natural births
The Duchess of Cambridge had a natural birth with all three of her children at the exclusive Lindo Wing – and a team of 23 medical staff were on hand in case of emergencies.
4. Kitchen delivery
The Duke of Edinburgh, then Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, was born on the kitchen table at his family home Mon Repos in Corfu.
5. Smuggled substitutes
Prince Charles’s birth in 1948 was the first time in centuries that there was not a government minister there to witness the arrival of a future heir to the throne. It was an age-old custom designed to ensure that no substitute baby had been smuggled in in a warming pan or similar receptacle.
6. The shadow side of marriage
Queen Victoria – who had nine offspring – used to refer to childbearing as ‘the shadow side of marriage’ or ‘die Schattenseite’. Her first babies were born before anaesthetics were available.
7. Battles over birth pain
Victoria used chloroform for later births, sniffing it from a handkerchief. When it was first pioneered, traditionalists opposed the drug, claiming labour pain was responsible for a woman’s love for her child, and sufferings during childbirth were a divine destiny. But Victoria refused to believe such a notion, and her support for the ‘blessed’ method and its ‘soothing, quieting and delightful beyond measure’ effect ensured its accepted use in society.
8. Induced births
The Princess of Wales was induced with Prince William, with Diana telling friends her baby was ready and ‘well cooked’. Her labour was difficult and she was continually sick, with doctors considering a Caesarean. Future king William was eventually born without a C-section after the princess was given an epidural.
9. Noisy crowds
After William arrived at the Lindo Wing in 1982, new father the Prince of Wales asked the rapturous crowds outside the hospital if they could make a little less noise.
10. Secret scans
In 1984, Diana knew Prince Harry was going to be a boy following a scan. But she did not tell husband Charles, fearing he wanted a girl, and kept the news secret throughout her pregnancy.