Baby due date draws near for Harry and Meghan

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be preparing for the arrival of their first child, as Meghan enters the final weeks of her pregnancy.

The American former actress is about to reach her expected birth month of April, with the royal baby set to make an appearance at the end of April, or even early May.

Harry and Meghan at Buckingham Palace
Parents-to-be Harry and Meghan (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Mother’s Day – Meghan’s last before she becomes a mother herself – is undoubtedly a poignant time for Harry.

On the cusp of fatherhood, the duke will remember his own late mother Diana, Princess of Wales, who was killed in a car crash when he was 12.

Diana and Harry
Harry and his mother Diana in 1995 (PA)

During the couple’s engagement interview in November 2017, Harry spoke of how much he missed his mother, saying: “It is days like today when I really miss having her around, and miss being able to share the happy news.”

If the duke and duchess have a daughter, they are expected to pay tribute by using Diana as a first or middle name.

Meghan is close to her mother Doria Ragland and will want to pass on the life lessons she was taught as a child.

Meghan and Doria
Meghan and her mother arriving at Cliveden House Hotel the day before the royal wedding (Steve Parsons/PA)

Writing on her lifestyle blog, Meghan told how her “free-spirited clinical therapist” mother took her to visit the slums of Jamaica and to see poverty in Mexico when she was just 10.

“My mother raised me to be a global citizen, with eyes open to sometimes harsh realities,” she said.

The Sussexes are still waiting to make their move away from Kensington Palace to their new family home Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor Estate.

Extensive work on the listed property to change it from staff apartments into one mansion has overrun.

The Sun reported that the couple have made constant design changes, meaning the builders are behind schedule.

Meghan’s hospital bag is likely to be already packed for when she goes into labour.

Kensington Palace has yet to announce where Baby Sussex will be born, but options include the exclusive Lindo Wing where Kate gave birth to Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, and where Harry was also born.

The duke and duchess have said they do not know whether they are having a boy or a girl.

The baby will be seventh in line to the throne and an eighth great-grandchild for the Queen.

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