Baby Archie's Official Birth Certificate Was Just Released, and It Confirms Where Meghan Markle Gave Birth
After months of speculation over whether or not Meghan Markle would deliver her and Prince Harry's first child via home birth at their new home of Frogmore Cottage, it seems the Duchess of Sussex did not get her wish.
Baby Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor's birth certificate was revealed on Friday, and it confirms that Markle delivered Archie at the swanky Portland Hospital in London. A representative from the Westminster Registrar’s Office went to visit the couple at their home of Frogmore Cottage in Windsor on Friday to drop off the official birth certificate so they didn’t have to go to the office themselves, according to People.
Earlier this month, Markle was taken to The Portland in London, a private maternity-only hospital near Regent's Park. She gave birth to a healthy royal baby boy at 5:26 a.m. on May 6.
The private women's-only hospital, which reportedly costs upward of £15,000 (nearly $20,000) for a delivery, is the same place where both Princess Beatrice and Eugenie were born.
The duchess is listed with her full name as Rachel Meghan Markle on the birth certificate, with the title of Princess of the United Kingdom. The document also includes Archie Harrison's full name as Archie, so see ya, "Archibald" rumors.
The Mail's sources say even some senior royal officials were unaware of the change of plans, but that Markle, who had planned for a home birth, said she was willing to deliver her baby in a hospital if that's what was best for the child.
Back at their home in Windsor the same day Markle gave birth, an elated Prince Harry, who was the picture of new-dad adorableness with his clasped hands and ear-to-ear grin, shared an update about mother and baby Archie.
“I’m very excited to announce that Meghan and myself had a baby boy early this morning,” he said. "A very healthy boy,” and that “Mother and baby are doing incredibly well. It’s been the most amazing experience I could ever possibly imagine,” Prince Harry mused.
“How any woman does what they do is beyond comprehension. But we’re both absolutely thrilled and grateful for all the love and support of everyone out there. It’s been amazing, so just wanted to share this with everybody.”
Yep, hats off to you, Princess Rachel! (That is her real name, after all.)