Royal watchers, it’s time to get excited: baby Sussex is now officially on the way.
Meghan Markle is in labour, according to reports, with Prince Harry at her side and the child expected to arrive in a matter of hours.
Despite a high profile announcement of their pregnancy at the beginning of their Australian tour, Meghan and Harry have opted to keep their birth plans under wraps.
In an earlier statement released via Buckingham Palace, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex confirmed they would not be posing for photos just hours after Meghan gives birth.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very grateful for the goodwill they have received from people throughout the United Kingdom and around the world as they prepare to welcome their baby.
“Their Royal Highnesses 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 decision not to publicly announce their child’s birth or pose for photos contrasts with other royal couples.
Prince William and Kate Middleton have posed for the waiting press pack outside the Lindo Wing just hours after the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to all three of their children.
UK media has also reported that Meghan has appointed her own delivery team led by a female doctor.
The move means the Duchess has snubbed the royal household’s gynaecologists Alan Farthing and Guy Thorpe-Beeston, who are still obligated to be present at the birth due to protocol.