No more public engagements for Meghan Markle until she gives birth

Danielle Stacey
Royal Correspondent
Meghan at the Commonwealth Day service on Monday [Photo: Getty]

It’s believed the Duchess of Sussex has carried out her last public engagements before she gives birth to her first child.

Meghan, 37, attended the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey on Monday, alongside her husband Harry and senior members of the Royal Family.

Kensington Palace tells Yahoo UK that Meghan, 37, has no more public duties scheduled, but she does have a number of private meetings.

The Court Circular (the official royal diary) reported that the duchess received The National Theatre’s executive director Lisa Burger and artistic director Rufus Norris at Kensington Palace on Wednesday afternoon. Meghan was made Patron of The National Theatre in January.

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It has not been confirmed when the mum-to-be will start her maternity leave.

In comparison, sister-in-law Kate typically started her leave around a month before she gave birth to each of her three children.

Harry and Meghan at the Commonwealth Day service [Photo: Getty]

Meghan revealed to well-wishers during a visit to Birkenhead in January that she’s due to give birth at the end of April or beginning of May.

It’s still not known where Meghan and Harry have chosen to have their baby.

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All three of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s children were born at the Lindo Wing the private maternity ward at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington.

But there has been some speculation that Meghan could decide to have her child at the NHS-run Frimley Park Hospital in Camberley, Surrey, which is much closer to their new home when they move to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor. 

The Countess of Wessex gave birth to her children Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn at Frimley Park.

Meanwhile, the Duke of Sussex will be carrying out public duties as usual. On March 20, Harry will join schoolchildren as they take part in a tree planting project in support of The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC) initiative, together with the Woodland Trust.