The Duchess of Sussex has appointed her own delivery team to oversee the birth of her first child, it has been reported.Meghan Markle has broken from royal tradition by not appointing the Royal Household gynaecologists because she does not want “the men in suits” to supervise the birth.
The paper said the 37-year-old, who is expected to give birth later this month, has appointed an “unnamed female doctor” to lead the team instead of Alan Farthing and Guy Thorpe-Beeston. The two gynaecologists attended at the arrival of all three of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s children, it adds.
A spokesman for the Royal Family declined to comment.However, it is understood that there will definitely be a role for the Queen’s doctors in the birth, but it might not be a prominent one.
A royal source reportedly said: “Meghan said she doesn’t want the men in suits. She was adamant that she wanted her own people. It did leave a few of us a little baffled. It is slightly surprising. These people [the Queen’s doctors] are the best of the best and when it comes down to it, their role would actually be very limited in the birth itself, assuming all goes to plan.”
Sources close to the Duchess stressed the ‘personal’ nature of her decision. In another break with tradition, it emerged last week that the Duchess has chosen not to give birth in the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, which has been used by several other Royal mothers.
It is likely Meghan and Harry will choose a hospital nearer to their new home, Frogmore Cottage at Windsor, for the birth.