This morning, the full royal family gathered for Easter service at St. George’s Chapel with the Queen (and on Queen Elizabeth II’s 93rd birthday).
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate were present there, along with the other royal members, and so was Prince Harry.
However, his wife Meghan Markle, who is due with their first child “any day” now, was not. Mother-to-be’s absence is not surprising, given how close she is to giving birth. But on Friday, Entertainment Tonight reported that the Duchess of Sussex hadn’t ruled out joining the royal family for Easter morning service in Windsor.
A royal source described her attendance as a “wait and see” type of thing.
The source said that in her final days before her and Prince Harry’s firstborn’s arrival, Meghan has been “enjoying her pregnancy and anticipating the days ahead. It is such a joyful and exciting time for the couple”. The source also added: “The Duchess of Sussex looks absolutely radiant and is taking each day at a time”.
Meghan and Harry have chosen to keep the birth of their baby private. However, it is likely that there may be an announcement from the Palace that Meghan is in labour.
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But, it’s just as possible that the couple will ultimately wait to share the news. And, until after they’ve welcomed their baby girl or boy in private.
The couple is expected to do a photo-call with their baby a couple of days after the birth.
In a statement, the Buckingham Palace explained Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision. “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very grateful for the goodwill they have received from people throughout the United Kingdom. And as they prepare to welcome their baby, the excitement has only grown”.
“Their Royal Highnesses have taken a personal decision to keep plans around the arrival of their baby private. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, look forward to sharing the exciting news with everyone. Only, once they have had an opportunity to celebrate privately as a new family”.