Meghan Markle’s Vastly Different Birth Stories With Prince Archie And Princess Lilibet

Meghan Markle’s Vastly Different Birth Stories With Prince Archie And Princess Lilibet
Meghan Markle’s Vastly Different Birth Stories With Prince Archie And Princess Lilibet

Meghan Markle has led a more reclusive family life since stepping back as senior royals with her husband Prince Harry in 2020. Her husband’s revealing memoir, Reserve, which was released in 2023, gave fans of the royal family an unprecedented look behind the scenes of his 39 royal years.

The book not only shed light on the Duke of Sussex’s relationship with his family, but also offered insight into the unreported aspects of his and Meghan’s parenting journey — including intimate details of Meghan’s birth stories with her children Prince Archie, now five, and Princess Lilibet, now three.

Meghan and Harry left the UK in 2020

Royal birth stories are usually kept secret, with the first time Harry’s older brother Prince William’s children were seen, they were presented to the public with a polite wave on the steps of the hospital next to his wife, the Princess of Wales. The details are kept private, but Harry took a more candid approach to commemorating the births of his two young children.

Details from when Meghan gave birth to Prince Archie

The Sussexes’ first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, was born on May 6, 2019, at Portland Hospital in London. It was reported that the former To take actress bounced on a pregnancy ball during labor, giving Harry time to try the laughing gas the mom-to-be had on hand. Laughing gas is a gas that slows down the brain and body’s reactions and is used to relieve pain before labor.

Archie was born at Portland Hospital

“As her contractions became faster and more intense, a nurse came and wanted to give Meg some laughing gas,” Harry wrote. “There was none left. The nurse looked at the tank, looked at me, and I saw the thought slowly coming, ‘Goodness, the man has had it all.'”

Meghan and Harry spoke to the press at St George’s Hall in Windsor Castle after she gave birth to Archie

The prince then revealed that Meghan eventually received an epidural and that the couple and their newest addition secretly left the London hospital and headed to their Frogmore Cottage home just two hours after Archie was born.

Details from when Meghan gave birth to Princess Lilibet

The story was certainly different when the Duchess gave birth to Lilibet Diana at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital on June 4, 2021. The couple had stepped down from their roles as senior working royals the year before and were now able to live a life less bound by protocol in Montecito.

Lili was born at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital

“When the big day arrived, we were both more confident, calmer – more stable. How lucky, we said, that we didn’t have to worry about timing, protocols, journalists at the main gate,” the royal recalled.

Baby Lilibet was born in California

Harry even recalled their last activity as parents of one. He wrote, “We drove calmly and healthily to the hospital, where our bodyguards fed us again. This time they brought burgers and fries from In-N-Out. And fajitas from a local Mexican restaurant for Meg.

Meghan’s birth stories are completely different

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“We ate and ate and then did the Baby Mama dance around the hospital room. Nothing but joy and love in that room.”


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