When Is Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Baby Sussex Due? Everything We Know About the Royal Birth

Last fall, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced they were expecting their first child in spring 2019—which means the royal baby is expected to arrive any day now.

Since then, rumors have swirled around the duke and duchess of Sussex. In a statement released earlier this month, Buckingham Palace said the couple "have taken a personal decision to keep the plans around the arrival of their baby private."

"The Duke and Duchess look forward to sharing the exciting news with everyone once they have had an opportunity to celebrate privately as a new family," the Evening Standard quoted the statement.

"They look forward to sharing the exciting news with everyone once they have had an opportunity to celebrate privately as a new family."

So what do we actually know about the baby, which will be seventh in line to the throne?

When is the due date?

In October, Kensington Palace announced the duke and duchess of Sussex were expecting a baby in spring 2019 but didn't reveal a due date.

However, earlier in the year, Meghan said she was likely to have her first child at the end of April or early May, the Telegraph reported.

Where will she give birth?

It's unclear where the couple plans to have the child, which will be the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh's eighth great-grandkid. A few options seem likely, according to the BBC's royal correspondent.

A home birth is possible: This would see Meghan mirror Queen Elizabeth II, who gave birth to her children at the royal residences Clarence House and Buckingham Palace. If the couple opt for a hospital birth, Frimley Park Hospital is a possible location. It's near their home of Frogmore Cottage in Windsor and has been a choice for royals in the past, including Prince Edward and Sophie the Countess of Wessex. That move would see them break from the birthing plans of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William (Harry's brother) and Katherine Middleton, who had their three children at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital, in central London.

What do we know about the baby itself?

As with the due date, the couple has been tight-lipped about details such as the baby's sex and name. At an engagement in January, Meghan said she'd be "thrilled" with a boy or a girl, according to the Telegraph.

And it's up to the queen to decide the child's title and whether it will become a prince or princess, per a rule put in place by King George V in 1917.

He declared, according to the Telegraph: "The grandchildren of the sons of any such Sovereign in the direct male line (save only the eldest living son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales) shall have and enjoy in all occasions the style and title enjoyed by the children of Dukes of these Our Realms."

Therefore, a son would become the Earl of Dumbarton, while a daughter would be a Lady Mountbatten-Windsor.

Nationality-wise, the child is eligible for dual British and American citizenship, but we don't know what the duke and duchess' plans are.

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Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a reception to mark the 50th Anniversary of the investiture of The Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace in London on March 5, 2019. DOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP/Getty Images
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