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Meghan’s home birth disappointment: Where the Duchess REALLY welcomed Baby Sussex

She delivered their bundle of joy very differently than she planned

Meghan Markle had long planned to deliver her first child in the comfort of her own house at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor.

But it appears the Duchess’ hopes of a home birth were dashed when she was secretly whisked to a London hospital by Prince Harry and their Scotland Yard Security team.

According to Daily Mail, Meghan – who was overdue – was taken to the American-owned Portland Hospital, the same facility where Sarah Ferguson gave birth to her daughters Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.

While previous reports alleged the Sussexes’ had chosen free-of-charge public hospital Frimley Park in Surrey, deliveries at the Portland cost upwards of $28,000 AUD making it more expensive than the ultra-exclusive Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital where Kate Middleton welcomed her three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

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Meghan, 37, was said to have been classified as a geriatric pregnancy leading many to believe a home birth would be too high risk to attempt.

Buckingham Palace declined to comment about the details of the royal baby’s delivery but an insider confirmed to Daily Mail that the Portland was indeed the birth location.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their first born, a son, on May 6 with the Palace tweeting the infant was born weighing 7lbs 3oz.

New dad Harry could barely contain his excitement in his first interview since Baby Sussex’ arrival.

See the sweet footage HERE!

The baby boy is now seventh in line to the throne, bumping Prince Andrew, the second son of Queen Elizabeth, into eighth place.

The baby’s father, Prince Harry, is sixth in the line of succession.

The new royal baby is also Queen Elizabeth II’s eighth great-grandchild.

Speculation is mounting as to the name of Harry and Meghan’s newborn son, with British bookmakers putting James and Alexander as joint favourite at 7/2.

These options have overtaken Arthur, Edward and Oliver which were previously discussed as potential royal names.

Further down the list of the bookmakers favourites are Jacob (14/1), Francis (25/1), Jack (33/1) and Alastair (33/1).

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