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.

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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.

More from the Los Angeles Times:

“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.

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.

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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.

We’ll leave you with a shopping note and a special discount code. You may recall Meghan carrying the Demellier Mini Venice Handbag when she visited Cardiff with Prince Harry in January 2018.

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6 Comments

  1. Maluhia April 17, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    Good for them on deciding to keep the birth private. I mean, I loved seeing the videos of Kate coming out of the hospital, but all that pressure to be picture perfect just hours after giving birth is pretty ridiculous. This is definitely one of the benefits of not being direct heirs – they don’t have to do that if they don’t want to! I can’t wait to see the first photo though! <3

    I keep seeing the description of what titles the baby will have – Lord/Lady Mounbatten-Windsor – and it bothers me SO MUCH that only the first son will inherit the Earl of Dumbarton title, and if it is a girl, she won't inherit the Countess of Dumbarton. These outdated sexist title-traditions need to go!

  2. LadyLeah April 14, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    Just came here to check (and check again!) if Baby Sussex had arrived. So excited for Harry & Meghan to become parents. I have so enjoyed watching them take on the world together and wish them every happiness. I love that they are forging their own way and navigating complicated circumstances (critical press, family overseas, living under intense scrutiny) and still smiling, being gracious, doing good works and carving out some privacy as well.

    I find that in the world of social media and digital access, privacy is something you have to carve out and cling to. And I say this as an ordinary non-famous person who is not a globally recognized name or ‘brand’. I cannot imagine what it must be like to count down to becoming a mother on the world’s stage.

    I hope they find that balance of sharing with the public and keeping some things sacred. I wish them all the very best. Grateful for this kind and supportive corner of the internet. Thank you, Susans!

  3. Jackie April 12, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    A beautiful post…informative and respectful of The expecting couple. Meghan and Harry have a lot going on right now. New baby on the way, new home and new projects. I pray for peace, joy, health and strength to them as they embrace being new parents. I pray that Frogmore will be a true home and refuge for them. Looking forward to a safe and healthy delivery for Meghan and baby. Whenever Harry is ready to show us his new family is fine with me.

  4. Christina O. April 12, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    All of these tidbits seem positive and well thought out to bring about a sense of privacy and personal control yet an openness and accessibility to Harry and Meghan’s life and work. Their official Instagram account will be very helpful in disseminating information and Harry’s collab with supporter, Oprah, on the new TV service and the special hosted by friend, Gayle King, on a major TV network are interesting and smart choices. Can’t wait to view both projects!

    Love, wishes and prayers for Meghan and Harry as they welcome baby!

  5. Lisa April 12, 2019 at 7:12 am

    As always, thank you for detailed, thoughtful coverage that is such a pleasure to read among all the gossip, nasty rumors and general negativity. I’m sure that the Duke and the Duchess will do what’s best for their family and for their baby. I wish them all the best.

  6. Janice Seger Lambert April 11, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    good luck to you both and your little one

    remember……….the day he or she arrives…….your life will be altered……for good………always….remember who you are, and give the very best of yourselves to someone new who deserves all your love….this is not easy………and is the truest test of a real love……….

    much love and hope

    jan seger lambert

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