So if Meghan did choose that route—the hospital and the quick photo call—it would be completely her choice? There’s no pressure for her to do anything like that?
Nicholl: Absolutely. There will be no pressure on Meghan to face the cameras in any given time limit. It will be when and if she’s ready to do so. Harry will make sure of that. He will protect her. He will not want her put under any undue pressure at all. All they will want is to have a happy, healthy, and safe delivery.
Do you have any guesses about if the royal baby is a boy or girl?
Nicholl: I’ve heard rumors from sources that it’s a boy, but everything with the baby shower—all the pictures we saw, the pink—seem to suggest otherwise. But Kensington Palace continues to insist that, despite the rumors it’s a boy, Meghan and Harry chose not to find out the sex. I think it’s worth pointing that out.
What about the name of the baby?
Nicholl: If it’s a girl, there’s a very strong chance they’ll want to incorporate Diana’s name within the naming of their daughter. I heard Meghan might want to go down the more modern route; they might want a more American name. But I think they will be respectful of royal traditions; when it comes to naming royal babies, they are usually names that are historic. They’re traditional. They’re family names. I’d be surprised, given that Harry is such a traditionalist, if they veered too far away from what we might expect: Albert, David, Charles, Phillip. There’s a strong chance those names will be there somewhere in the naming of this child.
Your prediction is they’ll abide by royal tradition, but is there a strict rule saying they must do that? Or will it be their choice?
Nicholl: There are no strict rules at all. There’s no rule stipulating they must name a royal child after other royals.
There are rumors Meghan is considering hypnobirthing. Do you know if that’s true?
Nicholl: I’m told she would love to be able to have a natural birth and that she’s been very into her yoga. She’s practiced yoga throughout her pregnancy. We know she’s very into her meditation, and she’s definitely taken an interest in hypnobirthing. Apparently, she’s also had acupuncture to help prepare for the birth. She’s very much embraced a holistic approach to her pregnancy.
Do we know where she’s giving birth yet? Has that been confirmed?
Nicholl: I think it will either be the Lindo Wing [at St. Mary’s hospital] or Frimley Park in Windsor. I just think if they’re going to have it in London, why would they have it anywhere other than the Lindo Wing given it’s the royal favorite? It’s set up for that media presence. Security has been successful there in the past. If they are living at Frogmore House by that point, then London seems a bit of a journey too far if you’re actually in labor. So unless it’s a planned procedure, then you would expect it to be a more local hospital. The obvious choice would be Frimley Park.
What about the rumor she’s considering a home birth? Does that have any weight?
Nicholl: I think it’s something Meghan might have possibly entertained or considered. But given her age and the fact this is a first birth, I think it’s unlikely they’d want to take a risk with a home birth.
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