THE Duke and Duchess of Sussex have said they will only announce the birth of their baby once they have ‘had an opportunity to celebrate privately’.
The decision comes after growing speculation Harry, 34, and Meghan, 37, are planning a home birth for their first child at Frogmore Cottage, near Windsor Castle, where they recently moved.
A Kensington Palace statement said the couple ‘are very grateful for the goodwill they have received’ but ‘have taken a personal decision to keep the plans around the arrival of their baby private’.
It added: ‘The Duke and Duchess look forward to sharing the exciting news with everyone once they have had an opportunity to celebrate privately as a new family.’ A photocall, with a small group of media, will be held a few days after the birth.
Bookmaker William Hill has odds of 4-1 they will pick the name Diana if the baby is a girl. The news came as Oprah Winfrey told CBS This Morning Meghan was ‘portrayed unfairly’.
The 65-year-old media mogul, who is teaming up with Harry for an Apple TV series on mental health, said the duchess ‘has a wonderful, warm, giving, loving heart’. Harry and Meghan’s latest decision contrasts with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who publicised details about the delivery of their three children with photographs of Kate and the newborns outside the hospital.
But while there was an expectation the heir to the throne would allow coverage, Harry is not in the same position — despite an estimated £32million spent on his wedding last year.