With the news of an upcoming overseas visit for Prince Harry next week, rumours are circulating on social media that Baby Sussex has in fact already been born and is enjoying a quiet start to his or her life in the comfort of Frogmore Cottage.
It is understandable why these rumours have started. Harry & Meghan clearly want the arrival of their child to be a quiet affair, with no big media opportunity and no ‘Lindo Wing moment.’ Therefore, it would certainly fit within their ethos not to offer a running commentary of the stages of Meghan’s labour and opt for a birth announcement a few days later as was the case with Zara Tindall
They are, however, just rumours and the Duchess of Sussex has not yet given birth despite Buckingham Palace announcing details of a two-day trip to The Netherlands next week which the Duke of Sussex will undertake.
So, Prince Harry, #DukeofSussex is off to the Netherlands on official business next week. Is the baby already here? Asking for a friend – or two.
— Simon McCoy (@BBCSimonMcCoy) May 1, 2019
The Duke’s visit to The Netherlands has been in the royal diary for many months as the trip’s focus will be on the Invictus Games which will be held in The Hague in 2020.
The Invictus Games are extremely close to Harry’s heart, and he would not miss the launch next week in The Hauge if he can possibly help it.
It can be presumed that Meghan will go into labour at some time before May 8 when Harry is due to depart.
Despite potentially being away from home for one night, Meghan will be surrounded by friends and family, and Harry can enjoy a good night of sleep in mainland Europe.
That being said, the plans for his upcoming trip are subject to change. If Meghan does not go into labour until Harry is due to depart, he will not travel to The Netherlands.
It is Harry’s intention to be there for the one year launch of The Hague 2020, but he will only travel if he can.
While in The Netherlands, The Duke will undertake an official engagement in Amsterdam. His Royal Highness will then travel to The Hague to officially launch the one-year countdown to the Invictus Games The Hague 2020.
More details of Prince Harry’s visit will be revealed as the trip gets underway.