Meghan Markle is soon to deliver her first baby, and it is still unknown in which hospital will she go to give birth. Kate Middleton gave birth to Prince George in 2013, Princess Charlotte in 2015 and Prince Louis in 2018 in the same hospital Princess Diana delivered both Prince William and Prince Harry – the Lindo Wing at London’s St. Mary’s Hospital.
But people are ruling out the possibility for Meghan to deliver her child there. Some speculate that she will most likely go to Surrey’s Frimley Park Hospital, in which Prince Edward’s wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex delivered her baby. Home birth is another option since that was the way the royal mothers gave birth throughout history.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry come from different backgrounds. Meghan grew up in California, and Prince Harry is the grandson of the Queen of England, Elizabeth II. They both think how their respective upbringing turned out more than good for both of them, with Meghan living in Woodland Hills, California, and Prince Harry in Kensington Palace.
Meghan Markle put her mother, Doria Ragland on the “10 Women Who Changed My Life” list for Glamour. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and novelist Toni Morrison are also on the list. “My mom’s a yoga instructor, but she does social work, as well, and she works specifically with the geriatric community,” said Meghan. “For me to watch this level of life-long sensitivity to nurturing and caregiving, but at the same time, my mom has always been a free spirit. She’s got dread locks and a nose ring. She just ran the LA Marathon. We can just have so much fun together, and yet, I’ll still find so much solace in her support. That duality coexists the same way it would in a best friend.”
Prince Harry shared how he believes that, if his mother was alive, she and Meghan would have been very close, “thick as thieves, without question.” Prince Harry revealed in the 2017 documentary Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy, “She made the decision that no matter what, despite all the difficulties of growing up in that lime light and on that stage, she was going to ensure that both of us had as normal life as possible. And if that means taking us for a burger every now and then or sneaking us into the cinema, or driving through the country lanes with the roof down in her old school BMW to listen to Enya.”
Prince Harry’s life is very different from Meghan’s. Born Prince Henry Charles Albert David, he had all the luxury life could give you. He used to go with his older brother, Prince William on toured naval ships in Canada, he rode tanks in Germany, and many other vacations the royal family can afford.
Ken Wharfe, a bodyguard shared in 2013 how Princess Diana took time to prepare young Prince William for his first day at school when the photographers arrive to take pictures of them. She did the same when it was time for Prince Harry to go. “And he, in this sort of just William way, said to his mother, just below the pink cap, ‘I don’t like ‘tographers,'” Wharfe said about Prince Harry. “She said, ‘Well, you’re going to get this for the rest of your life.'” Princess Diana did all she could to make sure that her boys have a normal life. “My mother took a huge part in showing me an ordinary life,” Harry shared with Newsweek in 2017. “Thank goodness I’m not completely cut off from reality.”
Patrick Jephson shared with ABC News about Diana, “She made sure that they experienced things like going to the cinema, queuing up to buy a McDonalds, going to amusement parks, those sorts of things that were experiences that they could share with their friends.” Prince William himself shared with Katie Couric in 2012, Princess Diana “very much wanted to get us to see the rawness of real life. And I can’t thank her enough for that, ’cause reality bites in a big way, and it was one of the biggest lessons I learned is, just how lucky and privileged so many of us are—particularly myself.”
Princess Diana also wanted to teach her children the importance of humility. “It was a very difficult dilemma for Diana to prepare them for the very distinctive, unique life that they have had to lead,” Jephson said to ABC News. “And she did it very cleverly, I think.”
Wharfe also mentioned how Princess Diana would take Prince William to a homeless shelter “completely out of sight of any camera or media,” when he was just 7 years old. “This was Diana’s way of actually saying to William, ‘Listen, it isn’t all what you think it is living at Kensington Palace.’ That was quite a brave thing on Diana’s part.”
Princess Diana shared with BBC’s Martin Bashir in 1995, “I’ve taken William and Harry to people dying of AIDS—albeit I told them it was cancer —I’ve taken the children to all sorts of areas where I’m not sure anyone of that age in this family has been before.’’
Meghan Markle’s life was different, but she still had the same philanthropy education from her parents. “Buying turkeys for homeless shelters at Thanksgiving, delivering meals to patients in hospice care, donating any spare change in their pocket to those asking for it and performing quiet acts of grace—be it a hug, a smile, or a pat on the back to show ones in need that they would be alright. This is what I grew up seeing,” Meghan said on her now-closed lifestyle blog The Tig in 2016, “so that is what I grew up being.”
When she was 13 years old, she was a volunteer at The Hospitality Kitchen in L.A.’s infamous Skid Row. She was very vocal ever since she was a child. When one of her friends from class expressed how worried he is that his brother will be serving in the Gulf War, Meghan organized her first political protest with her friends. When she was 11, she was displeased with the way a dish soap advertisement is portraying women, with their slogan, “Women all over America are fighting greasy pots and pans,” and she wrote them a letter. They changed it afterward.
Meghan wrote an essay for Elle UK, “I’ve never wanted to be a lady who lunches; I’ve always wanted to be a woman who works. And this type of work is what feeds my soul.”
The thing Prince Harry and Meghan have in common is that they grew up with their parents divorced. Prince Harry revealed in Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy, “The two of us were bouncing between the two of them. We never saw our mother enough. We never saw our father enough.” Princess Diana tragically lost her life in 1997, after a car accident in Paris, when Prince Harry was only 12 years old. “I think losing your mother at such a young age, does end up shaping your life, massively. Of course, it does,” shared Prince Harry in 2016, when he appeared on Good Morning America. “And now I find myself trying to be there and give advice to other people who are in similar positions.”
Thomas Markle was a lighting director, and Doria Ragland had her own boutique. Two years after Meghan was born, in 1981 they divorced. Meghan eventually moved to live with her father, and he paid for her education at Immaculate Heart, a Catholic school. Thomas Markle was working on the set of Married…with Children, and Meghan would often accompany him. “There were a lot of times my dad would say, ‘Meg, why don’t you go and help with the craft services room over there? This is just a little off-color for your 11-year-old eyes,'” said Meghan for Esquire in 2013.
Meghan shared with Elle Canada about her growing up, “[Growing up], I was called the nerd: bookworm, gap in my teeth, crazy hair, peg legs. Even through high school I never fully felt as though I fit in—finding myself as a biracial girl teetering in between groups. I remember busying myself and being the president of every club. Not because I actually wanted to, but because I didn’t want to eat alone at lunchtime. This overachiever mask I wore was really just the way I battled feeling displaced.”
“I had been fawning over a boxed set of Barbie dolls. It was called The Heart Family and included a mom doll, a dad doll, and two children. This perfect nuclear family was only sold in sets of white dolls or black dolls. I don’t remember coveting one over the other, I just wanted one. On Christmas morning, swathed in glitter-flecked wrapping paper, there I found my Heart Family: a black mom doll, a white dad doll, and a child in each color. My dad had taken the sets apart and customized my family,” said Meghan.
Meghan’s mother is an African-American, and her father is Caucasian, and that was sometimes troubling Meghan. “You had to check one of the boxes to indicate your ethnicity: white, black, Hispanic or Asian,” she shared with Elle, regarding her mandatory census when she was in 7th grade. “There I was (my curly hair, my freckled face, my pale skin, my mixed race) looking down at these boxes, not wanting to mess up, but not knowing what to do. You could only choose one, but that would be to choose one parent over the other—and one half of myself over the other.” When she told Thomas what happened, he told her to “check the box for Caucasian ‘because that’s how you look,” but she just couldn’t do it, because she felt that she was rejecting her mother in a way. “He said the words that have always stayed with me. If that happens again, you draw your own box.'”
Meghan shared on her former blog, The Tig how her mother was the one who shared a lot of love. Meghan said how she was the woman who attained time to spend afternoons with her mom and mother-in-law “rubbing their feet to help with circulation, brushing their hair so gently when they couldn’t do it on their own. Kissing them goodbye, and cradling their faces with such tenderness after each visit that their eyes sparkled with tears.” Thomas was the man who put “gas in my car when I went from audition to audition to try to make it as an actress,” and “believed in this grand dream of mine well before I could even see it as a possibility. The blood, sweat and tears this man (who came from so little in a small town in Pennsylvania, where Christmas stockings were filled with oranges, and dinners were A potatoes and Spam) invested in my future so that I could grow up and have so much.”
Prince Harry also remembers love his mother shared. He revealed in Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy, “Even talking about it now I can feel the hugs she used to give us and you know I miss that, I miss that feeling, I miss that part of a family, I miss having that mother to be able give you that hug and that compassion that everybody needs. She was our mom, she still is our mom you know and of course, as a son, I would say she is the best mom in the world.”
With all that childhood the Duke and the Duchess of Sussex had, they will most probably be the best parents they can be, with a lot of love to give. Princess Diana once said about her children, “I want to bring them up with security. I hug my children to death and get into bed with them at night. I always feed them love and affection; it’s so important.”