Royal baby watch: Meghan Markle's maternity team reportedly placed on standby

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We're officially on royal baby watch as the world awaits the arrival of Baby Sussex.

According to reports, the Duchess of Sussex's maternity team at NHS Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey has been placed on standby. The update comes after weeks of speculation as to when the royal will give birth and where.

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Bristol Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry leaving Bristol Old Vic in Bristol, England. ( PPE/Nieboer /Sipa USA)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex meet volunteers in the charity kitchen as they pack food parcels to go in the charity outreach van during their visit to One25, a charity specialising in helping women to break free from street sex work, addiction and other life-controlling issues.
The Duchess of Sussex during her visit to the charity Empire Fighting Chance in Easton, Bristol, which uses boxing to support children failing at school and in danger of drifting into a life of unemployment or even crime.
The Duchess of Sussex helps put together food parcels to go in the charity outreach van and prepares personalised messages on fruit in the charity kitchen during her visit to One25, a charity specialising in helping women to break free from street sex work, addiction and other life-controlling issues.
The Duchess of Sussex during a visit to the Bristol Old Vic theatre, which is undergoing a multimillion-pound restoration.
The Duchess of Sussex arrives for a visit to the Bristol Old Vic theatre, which is undergoing a multimillion-pound restoration.
The Duchess of Sussex meets the public ahead of their visit to the Bristol Old Vic Theatre. Picture Credit Should Read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
31-01-2019 London Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, leaving a visit with the associaition of Commonwealth universities, ACU, at the university of London. (Photo by Nieboer/PPE/Sipa USA)
31-01-2019 London Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, leaving a visit with the associaition of Commonwealth universities, ACU, at the university of London. (Photo by Nieboer/PPE/Sipa USA)
Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, arriving for a visit with the association of Commonwealth universities, ACU, at the university of London in London, England on January 31, 2019. (Photo by PPE/Nieboer/Sipa USA)
The Duchess of Sussex visits Mayhew in London to meet with staff, volunteers and beneficiaries, and hear more about the animal welfare charity’s various initiatives, from community engagement to international projects. This will be Her Royal Highness’s first official visit to Mayhew in her new role as Patron.. Picture Credit Should Read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
The Duchess of Sussex visits Mayhew in London to meet with staff, volunteers and beneficiaries, and hear more about the animal welfare charity’s various initiatives, from community engagement to international projects. This will be Her Royal Highness’s first official visit to Mayhew in her new role as Patron.. Picture Credit Should Read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex during a visit to Birkenhead
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex during a visit to Birkenhead
Photo by: KGC-107/STAR MAX/IPx 2019 1/31/19 Meghan The Duchess of Sussex visits the Association of Commonwealth Universities at the City University of London. It is her Royal Highness's first official visit with the ACU in her new role as Patron of the international organization which is dedicated to building a better world through higher education. (Northampton Square, London, England, UK)
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"It won't be long now. Meghan's really excited," a source told the Sun. "Of course she's nervous like any first-time mum but she and Harry can't wait." Markle was reportedly due on Sunday, April 28 and has been at home at Frogmore Cottage until she goes into labor, says the publication.

"When she goes into labour, she wants to remain at home for as long as possible but she's in a situation where if something did go wrong and she had to be whisked to hospital, she would be," said an insider of the couple's plans.

It was also recently reported that the Sussexes chose Frimley Park Hospital over the royal-loved Lindo Wing, where Princess Diana and Duchess Kate both gave birth to their children. Frimley is only a 30-minute drive from Meghan and Harry's new home at Frogmore Cottage on the grounds of Windsor Castle, where the couple moved in March.

The 37-year-old royal has been adamant about keeping details of the birth private, including forgoing labor updates and photos of the baby's arrival on the hospital steps.

"Their Royal Highnesses have taken a personal decision to keep the plans around the arrival of their baby private. 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," Kensington Palace said in a statement in mid-April.

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