She’s found a name for herself as the royal rebel, and Meghan Markle doesn’t plan to follow royal protocol when it comes to giving birth either.
The expectant duchess – who is just days away from giving birth to hers and Prince Harry’s first child – is said to be using yoga and meditation to prepare for a home water birth at Frogmore Cottage.
According to a report from the Daily Mail, Meghan, 37, doesn’t want 'men in suits' delivering her baby and will choose between female consultants Charlotte Deans, Mina Savvidou and Natasha Singh to help deliver her child.
'Meghan said she doesn't want the men in suits. She was adamant she wanted her own people. It did leave a few of us a little baffled,’ a source revealed to the Daily Mail.
However, a further source told the Daily Star that no-one close to Meghan was surprised by her decision to opt for a water birth.
‘Obviously Meg's into all the homeopathy, so none of us was shocked when we found out she'd been talking about a water birth.’
The Palace insider added that naturally, Meghan and Harry's birth plan could change. ‘Obviously when she goes into labour she might end up, medically speaking, having to go the more conventional route.
‘But for now a water birth is absolutely her plan, is what they’re saying.’
At 37, the source added that Meghan's age could hinder her at-home birth dreams, but she's determined to create new traditions for the Sussex family.
‘Meghan is a new-age woman, so obviously the birth will reflect everything about that, and the new generation her and Harry are bringing up.’
If Meghan does need to visit hospital during labour, The Sun’s sources say the Kensington Wing of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital is a 'preferred option',
The plush private hospital’s website reads: 'The Kensington Wing is designed to be a comprehensive maternity unit with private consultation rooms for your antenatal appointments, a medical day assessment unit, three labour rooms, a water-birthing suite, nursery, post-natal en-suite bedrooms and a luxury postnatal suite.
'Our delivery rooms are furnished with all the equipment necessary to monitor you and your baby during labour and birth.
'We encourage choices in birth position and can provide birth-balls, beanbags, floor mats, birthing stools and birthing pools. We offer all the services you would expect in a luxury hotel.'
‘Apparently, she wants it to be as natural as possible: no drugs, no caesareans and so on,’ the source explained.
‘It’s the next logical step from all her yoga, meditation and so on.’