Nothing will be more exciting than finding out that Suits star-turned-Duchess Meghan Markle is expecting her first child with her extremely doting husband Prince Harry.
Meghan is, however, going on a very fancy royal tour to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga.
When it comes to popping out casual heirs to the throne, the royals like to do things the old way. By which we mean: First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a baby in a baby carriage. Unless your name is Prince Charles, but forget him—we’re here to talk about former Suits star and current Duchess Meghan Markle.
Duke and Duchess of Sussex have repeatedly said they want children—but what exactly are the expectations around Meghan getting pregnant? Hopefully, none, because women (royal or otherwise) should be in charge of their own reproductive systems. But we did a little digging in search of answers.
Is the Whole Fertility Testing Rumor True?
There have been some tired, sexist, ageist, ugh-ist rumours that Meghan had to be fertility tested before her wedding to Harry. And these same rumours floated around before Kate Middleton married Prince William. So, are they true? Probably not, because that would be truly invasive—and considering fertility testing is a relatively modern-day phenomenon, it’s not as if there’s a royal precedent that dates back to ye olden days here.
That said, the royals reportedly aren’t above invasive traditions regarding marriage. As E! reported in 2011, several print sources claim the family went as far as testing Princess Diana’s virginity before her wedding to Prince Charles.
What Are the Expectations Around Pregnancy and Delivery?
Basically, they’re strict. There are tons of “rules” when it comes to royal pregnancies, but here are some highlights:
- Protocol dictates that the Queen finds out about royal births before everyone.
- Royal moms typically don’t have baby showers.
- Royals have to share pics of their children with the public.
- Pregnant moms use midwives!
Is There Pressure to Have a Boy First?
Thankfully, no! The whole “only men can rule England” thing went out the window a *long* time ago, so the pressure to have a male heir is no longer something royal wives have to deal with.
Also read: The travel essentials Meghan Markle never flies without.
Well, as of now, we don’t think she’s not pregnant. At least not yet! First of all, the powers that be at Kensington Palace will doubtless confirm The Duchess’ pregnancy as soon as she is
- Actually growing a baby inside her, and
- Ready to tell the world about it.
Of course, that doesn’t mean Meg’s not secretly carrying an heir to the British throne! But considering she’s about to visit a country with Zika virus, chances are she isn’t hiding a low-key bump.