With the birth of her first child imminent, the Duchess of Sussex has flown her mum, Doria Ragland, to the UK to help with the baby’s arrival.
‘Doria left Los Angeles to go to London so she can be there for the birth and help Meghan adjust to being a new mum,’ a source close to Doria tells Woman. ‘Meghan wants her mother, not a night nurse, helping her.’
While Doria, 62, initially struggled with royal life, friends say it’s now growing on her. ‘She’s very down-to-earth and always will be, but she’s starting to enjoy the benefits that come with a daughter in the British royal family,’ says the source.
Insiders say Doria plans to spend six months of the year living with Meghan, 37, and Harry, 34, who have given Doria her own annexe in their house.
We bet Harry is thrilled…
The news comes as Buckingham Palace announced there will also be no public photocall following the birth of the baby, unlike Prince William and his wife Kate, who posed on the steps of the hospital to present their new baby to the world only hours after the births of Prince George in 2013, Princess Charlotte in 2015 and Prince Louis last year.
The traditional photocall usually results in royal fans gathering in their troves outside the hospital to get prime position for the debut, but as Harry and his son or daughter are not in the direct line of succession to the throne, it appears they have taken the decision to keep it private – similar to cousin Zara Tindall, who did not announce the arrangements for the births of her two daughters.
Instead, the following will happen – Buckingham Palace will announce when the Duchess of Sussex goes into labour, but not whether she has been admitted to hospital.
A second announcement will be made after the baby is born, giving details of the baby’s gender, its birth weight and the place of birth.
And the news will be confirmed only after the new parents have had the chance to tell their family and friends, as was the case with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s three children.