Baby Sussex Plans Released, An Oprah Collaboration & More Newsbytes
Today Buckingham Palace released details about Meghan and Harry’s plans for the birth of their baby. As anticipated by many, the arrival of Baby Sussex will be a private event. Below, the news release from the Palace.
Unofficially, the Duchess does not plan to go to the Lindo Wing for the delivery. There is a possibility the couple may opt for a delivery at Frogmore Cottage, their home in Windsor. If heading to a medical facility the most-discussed site is Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey, as it is much closer to Windsor.
It is a top-notch facility, and where Sophie, Countess of Wessex, delivered both Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn. There were life-threatening complications when Louise was born one month prematurely and hospital personnel are credited with saving the Countess’s life. Below, a 2016 photo shows Lady Louise (on left), HRH The Countess of Wessex, James, Viscount Severn, and The Earl of Wessex.
There will not be a complete information blackout according to the royal press corps. Victoria Murphy explained some details will be released.
People writes this about photos of the baby in its story:
Royal fans will get to see the happy couple with their new baby, however, soon after the birth. Within a few days after welcoming their first child, Meghan and Harry will take part in a photo op with their new baby on the grounds of Windsor Castle.
Many of us think the first photo of we’ll see of Baby Sussex is likely to come via the couple’s official Instagram account.
Name and title possibilities continue to be a hot topic of conversation. More on the title situation from The Telegraph:
King George V – Harry’s great great grandfather – limited titles within the royal family in 1917. This means the couple’s first born, as a great-grandchild of the sovereign, is too far down the line of succession to be an HRH.
…a first son of Harry’s would become Earl of Dumbarton – one of the subsidiary titles Harry received from the Queen on the morning of his wedding. A daughter would be Lady (first name) Mountbatten-Windsor, and any subsequent sons Lord (first name) Mounbatten-Windsor.
The Queen could issue a new Letters Patent to change this, which is what she did for the Cambridge children, making all of them HRHs. The Duke and Duchess could also decide they prefer not having titles. That is what Princess Anne did, declining titles for her children, Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips. The Wessexes did the same; more from this story:
Members of the royal family have also turned down royal titles before. For example, Prince Edward, the Queen’s son, and Sophie Rhys-Jones decided with the monarch in 1999 that their kids Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn would not be called a princess or prince even though they were entitled to it.
The couple attributed this to a “clear personal wish … appropriate to the likely future circumstances of their children.” With Prince Harry now sixth in line to the throne after the birth of Prince Louis, he and Meghan may also like the idea of a more subdued role for their children.
Also today, news about a collaboration Prince Harry is undertaking with Oprah Winfrey. The pair are working on a mental health series that will air on Apple’s new TV+ service. The announcement of Prince Harry’s involvement came via Instagram yesterday.
More details from the post.
Oprah announced last week she would be working on a mental health series for the the new TV service, saying she wanted to use the platform to help erase the stigma surrounding mental health.
“Delighted to be partnering with you,” Winfrey wrote in the comments section. “Hope we shed a lot of Light. And change some lives!”
In this tweet from ITV’s Chris Ship, you hear Oprah talking about the project and her conversations with Harry.
WATCH: Prince Harry has had several ‘secret meetings in London’ with @Oprah and her @AppleTV documentary crew, she tells @CBSThisMorning. Both Oprah & Harry hope it will ‘reduce the stigma’ around mental health. pic.twitter.com/dyIXNk9SHg
— Chris Ship (@chrisshipitv) April 10, 2019
There’s no word if the Duchess will have any official role in the project, but she can clearly offer expert insight and advice. The Apple TV+ subscription service is slated for a Fall 2020 launch.
And here’s one some may want to add to their daytimers: a CBS special airing Friday, May 17th.
Harry and Meghan Plus One will be hosted by Gayle King, whom Meghan met at her baby shower in New York. More from Broadway World’s story:
The one-hour special will go behind the headlines and the rumors. Viewers will hear from royal insiders and Meghan’s friends to learn how the couple has adapted to their new lives together and how they have navigated the positive and negative aspects that come with being royal.
The broadcast will also cover “…. the arrival of the couple’s royal heir who will be the first British-American child to be in line for the throne.” It is slated to air at 8pm EDT/5pm PDT.
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- Victoria Murphy’s Town and Country story is here; ITV‘s piece is here; The Mirror’s coverage is here; a Daily Mail article from Rebecca English is here
- The Telegraph’s piece on today’s news as well as titles is here; Royal Central’s story on titles is here
- Hello! magazine’s special Royal Baby section is now online. It includes a piece by Ainhoa Barcelona that looks at “what it’s really like to give birth at Frimley Park“.
- Maclean’s has a fascinating piece by Patricia Treble titled, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s baby and the long arm of the IRS. In the story, Patricia notes the child “… will have to file U.S. taxes and theoretically he or she could grow up to be both a royal and U.S. president.”