Reports are Meghan has decided against St Mary’s Hospital and stepping out onto those famous steps of the Lindo Wing like Diana and Kate before her.
I was there for the arrival of Prince George - and I can tell you it’s crazy. Hundreds of cameras and journalists corralled behind steels barricades, waiting for the first snap of a new royal heir. Remember Kate holding baby Louis in April last year? Stepping out in heels and the perfect blow dry – and she’d given birth only hours before.
I’m hoping Meghan can go for the quieter option.
Harry and Meghan are a pretty modern couple. They announced their engagement on Twitter. We can expect the first baby pics to be posted online too. But this royal birth announcement will still have its share of tradition – a 62-gun salute will welcome baby Sussex, and the news will officially be posted outside the gates of Buckingham Palace.
Royal photographer Arthur Edwards is certain Prince Harry will make a fantastic father. “I do know Harry, and I do know how much he adores children,” he confided to me. “He was desperate for his own children, his own family. He wanted that so much, and I think he’s going to be a fantastic father.”
And when the royal bub arrives, the new family is moving to Windsor. It’s a gorgeous little English village about an hour outside of London. The couple has spent millions renovating Frogmore Cottage, their wedding present from the Queen. What an idyllic way to start a family – fresh country air, room for the dogs, and great grandma just across the estate. William and Kate also moved to the country after the birth of George to enjoy a bit of quiet family bonding.
The little town of Windsor is pretty excited. The eyes of the world were on them when Harry and Meghan chose to marry at Windsor Castle. There are almost as many souvenir shops as there are pubs, and they’re all eager to fill their windows with baby memorabilia – plates, cups, teat towels, you name it. The royal souvenir industry is worth a fortune. They’re just waiting to find out if they need to print in pink or blue.
Royal babies are also worth a wee fortune to the British economy. Once Charlotte wears a dress, it’s snapped up instantly. Just like her mum, this three-year-old princess has major pulling power. In fact, Charlotte is worth about $200 million a year in sales – dresses, shoes, toys – whatever she wears, mums across England, China and particularly the United States want it. Her brothers George and Louis sell about $150 million each. It’s believed baby Sussex’s value will be bigger than those three combined.
Then they’ll need a nanny. I checked out Norland College – which is where the wealthy, famous or royal find their very own Mary Poppins. It’s a four-year degree covering everything from cooking and sewing to cyber security and outmanoeuvring the paps.
There is one male enrolled in Norland College this year, alongside 99 females. Given Meghan’s history of bucking tradition, he might get the call up.
The Royal Babies special airs on Sunday Night tonight at 8:30pm on Channel 7 and 7plus. Check out a sneak peek in the video above!
This article originally appeared on 7NEWS.com.au.