Pregnant Meghan Markle snubs Kate Middleton’s hospital: Duchess may break royal tradition at birth. When Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, gives birth to her first child with Prince Harry next year, don’t expect it to be at the Lindo Wing at London’s St Mary’s Hospital, the traditional hospital of the royal family. The Duchess of Sussex reportedly has been looking at other birthing “options”, sources have told Vanity Fair, suggesting that she might deviate from tradition and not have their baby at the private maternity wing where Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to all three of her children and where Prince William and Harry were both born. The hospital, which costs upwards of £7,500 ($A13,000) to give birth in, also welcomed George and Amal Clooney’s twins in 2017. One of the birthing options could also include a home birth, the publication reports, or choosing a hospital close to their new home Frogmore Cottage, on the Windsor estate. Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, is also reportedly encouraging her daughter to have a natural birth. “[Doria] wants to be on hand to help Meghan and Harry with the baby. Doria will be involved and if she’s involved she will be encouraging Meg to go for a natural birth”. Meghan has been reading up on natural-birthing techniques, including hypnobirthing, which Kate is said to have used during her three labours. The exact due date of the royal baby remains a closely guarded secret but Kensington Palace has said the baby is due in the UK spring. The Duchess of Sussex’s birthing plan isn’t the only way the former actress plans to break with tradition when it comes to having a royal child. She also doesn’t want her child to be forced to wear shorts.. “She’s determined her child won’t be paraded around in little shorts like Prince George,” a source told UK entertainment magazine, Heat. The reason Prince George is rarely seen in trousers is because it’s a silent British class marker, an etiquette expert told The Sun. William Hanson told the publication that trousers are deemed too “suburban” for a royal. He said while he doubts there “would have been a memo sent around Kensington Palace telling George to wear shorts”, Kate would be aware of clothing protocol. “I don’t think that the sartorial rule of shorts for young boys would be a new one for Catherine,” Mr Hanson said. “Not only does The Duchess of Cambridge have to worry about dressing herself but she has to dress her own children appropriately. “She has to find a balance between royal tradition, heritage and more proletariat customs, such as the ‘suburban’ habit of making young boys wear trousers”. Heat has also reported that Meghan is said to want to “help normalise” breastfeeding by doing so in public and is keen for Harry, 34, to be seen carrying their baby. Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton’s feud explained.. The Duchess of Sussex, formerly known as Meghan Markle, and the Duchess of Cambridge, formerly known as Kate Middleton, don’t particularly like each other There, I said it.. This week many royal correspondents and commentators — the vast majority in the pocket of the PR teams for the royal households — tap-danced and tiptoed around the thorny issue, The Sun’s Dan Wootton writes. But, as loyal readers know, I prefer to tell it straight and simply report the facts as they are, which is why I was the first to reveal this very royal feud. On November 9, in an exclusive that was much discussed by royal watchers internationally, I reported that the fed up Queen (God bless her) warned Prince Harry over Meghan’s behaviour before their wedding. The awkward conversation had been sparked by a dust up about which tiara Meghan wanted to wear on her big day It prompted the monarch to tell her beloved grandson: “Meghan cannot have whatever she wants”. The second revelation in the story was about a row between Meghan and Kate over an issue close to the heart of most royals: The treatment of their staff. An impeccable royal insider told me: “Meghan can be difficult. She has very high standards and is used to working in a Hollywood environment. “However, there’s a different degree of respect in the royal household and Kate has always been very careful about how she has acted around staff”. In further conversations … I’ve learned Kate was particularly furious about the way Meghan had specifically spoken to members of the Cambridge’s staff. The source explained: “Her and Kate fell out when she b*****ked Kate’s staff. Kate said, “That’s unacceptable, they’re my staff and I speak to them’”. In that context you can understand why the revelation that Meghan’s assistant Melissa Touabti, who had previously worked for Robbie Williams and Ayda Field, had quit after just six months was a touch awkward. But the further revelation this week in the royal-friendly Daily Telegraph UK that Meghan made Kate cry during Princess Charlotte’s bridesmaid dress fitting was monumentally bad PR. All that said, are you meant to adore your sister-in-law? Not really. Does this row mean I am pointing the finger at Meghan for being a diva? Absolutely not. In fact, there’s something exciting about a bold American newcomer to the family being anything other than shy and retiring If any family needs shaking up, it’s the Windsor’s.. Just look at the impact of Princess Diana — who was also branded a diva and difficult — in the Eighties She reinvented the royals for ever.. The disagreement over staff tells us everything we need to know about why Meghan and Kate don’t get on — their backgrounds and how they ended up as princesses could not be more different. Kate was devoted to Wills from the moment they met at St Andrew’s uni and wanted more than anything to be accepted into the royal family, even though she wasn’t from blue blood. Her family supported her — there were no messy feuds and few embarrassing incidents. Besides the time Kate went out in a slightly risqué outfit during her brief break from William, it’s been close to a royal fairytale on the surface. And Kate never lived an adult life as anything other than a likely future royal. The same cannot be said for Meghan, whose journey into British royalty would have seemed farcical if it had been penned by a Hollywood writer. A highly ambitious young actress with a messy family background, who posed in skimpy dresses on the American version of Deal or No Deal and shared her intimate thoughts in a secret Hollywood blog, is set up with her British prince who falls head over heels. By contrast, Meghan was 36 by the time she officially became a royal — unfathomably the same age that Diana died. She was a star in her own right. She had lived through one failed marriage. She worked on her own charity projects And her eccentric family were not going to shut up and fall into line.. Meghan was never going to be the compliant princess like her sister-in-law and nor should she be But somewhat obviously, the pair were never bosom buddies and their relationship hardened as Meghan expected Hollywood standards from the relatively down-to-Earth royal household. Meghan soon realised she didn’t want to follow the benchmark set by Kate in terms of her duties and life, contributing to the decision to set-up their first family home at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, rather than next door to the Cambridge’s. Let’s not let the women take all the heat in this situation because Wills and Harry themselves have engaged in their own behind-the-scenes battle. Particularly telling was the revelation by Prince Charles’ biographer Robert Jobson that William had purposely shown off his new buzz cut in order to push Harry and Meghan off the front page during their high profile first visit to Wales earlier this year It worked.. Does this friction mean the royal Fab Four is forever over? No. This family is the best at papering over cracks in very awkward relationships to put their best foot forward in public — just look at Prince Charles and his prickly brother Prince Edward. But have no doubt Meghan and Harry have ambitions to change the world — and don’t want to be limited by the constraints William has as the second-in-line to throne. The drama over the next few years will be better than any episode of Suits.. ‘Glossy’ Meghan Markle and ‘dutiful’ Kate issues echo another bitter royal feud. Rumours of tension between Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton have been swirling for the last few weeks, as multiple sources claim the Duchesses don’t get on. “They are not natural chums,” a royal aide has now “cautiously” admitted to the Daily Mail. The two Duchesses are undoubtedly very different characters from different backgrounds, with Kate having aristocratic ties and Meghan being a former Hollywood actress. Now royal experts are saying that the sisters-in-laws’ differences mirror a previous royal feud, between the Queen Mother and Wallis Simpson – which, it seems, was a far more dramatic row. Like Meghan, Wallis was an American divorcee. She captured King Edward VIII’s heart, and he decided to abdicate, choosing love over his duty, and gave up his spot on the throne in 1936. The Queen Mother’s husband, the younger brother of Edward, then reluctantly took the throne as George VI, and was said to have felt very unprepared for the role. The Queen mum blamed Wallis for her husband’s early death when he died in 1952, aged just 56. Elizabeth never married again, remaining a widow for the next 50 years until she died in 2002, aged 101. Although nothing remotely as dramatic as this has happened between Meghan and Kate, people have observed some similarities – and it’s mostly down to their difference in character. Royal experts Richard Kay and Geoffrey Levy write that there are also parallels in the way Harry and Edward chose to distance themselves from royal life. “There are uneasy similarities in the frosty relationship between Meghan and the Duchess of Cambridge as there were between Wallis and the then Duchess of York, later the Queen Mother,” they wrote in the Daily Mail. They describe Kate as “reminiscent of the young Queen Mother, dutiful, committed and cautious” and Meghan as “a glossy American”. But not everyone sees the parallels, Andrew Morton, the author of the biography, Wallis In Love, told MailOnline that Meghan is much more selfless than Wallis. He said: “Meghan seems to have a sense of wanting to give back, whereas Wallis only ever wanted to take”. Another key difference is that Meghan is adored by the public, whereas Wallis was not very popular. A source told the Mirror’s royal correspondent that although they aren’t close, there hasn’t been a big fall out. They said: “It’s obvious the two women are pretty different and while they haven’t been involved in a soap opera-style falling out, they aren’t exactly the best of friends”. These comments follow recent claims that Meghan and Kate fell out over Meghan’s treatment of the Duchess of Cambridge’s staff. The claims, denied by the Palace, allegedly took place before Meghan and Harry’s wedding in May, the source told The Sun. They said: “Her and Kate fell out when she b*****ked Kate’s staff”.. Kate reportedly told the former Hollywood actress: “That’s unacceptable, they’re my staff and I speak to them”. The source said to the Sun: ‘It’s a tricky situation, but it was a one-off and they are determined to maintain a positive relationship even though they are obviously very different in their approach”. A Kensington Palace spokesperson said of the row rumour: “This never happened”.. Thank you for watching! Please Like or Dislike to help me to improve the quality of the next videos And don’t forget leave your thoughts in the comment section below.