What life is really like for Baby Sussex
From mother and baby yoga to a gender-neutral nursery and visits from A-list stars – what life at Frogmore Cottage has in store for Baby Sussex
- Prince Harry and Meghan Markle welcomed a baby boy on 6 May at 5.26am GMT
- Baby Sussex is expected to spend first months of his life at Frogmore Cottage
- Renovated house features a gender-neutral nursery, granny flat and yoga studio
From mother and baby yoga in a purpose-built studio to visits from some A-listers, life at Frogmore Cottage will certainly be a unique start to life for Baby Sussex.
Harry and Meghan welcomed their first child, a baby boy, at 5:26am GMT, weighing 7lbs 3oz, with the proud new father declaring that his son is ‘absolutely to die for’.
The new arrival will grow up in the ‘cottage’ in the grounds of Windsor Castle – a modest way to describe the Grade II-listed building, which underwent a staggering £3million renovation.
It’s been transformed into a luxurious family home complete with a new nursery, gym and yoga studio, just in time for the arrival of Baby Sussex.
Here, we reveal what life at the family home in store has for the new family as they embark on their new life together.
Prince Harry announced he and the Duchess of Sussex welcomed a baby boy at 5:26am GMT, weighting 7lbs 3oz
Prince Harry told reporters both mother and baby are doing well, that he is ‘over the moon’ and that ‘this little thing is absolutely to die for’ on 6 May. Pictured: The couple exiting Westminster Abbey on Commonwealth Day, 11 March
Born today, Baby Sussex will spend the first months of his life settling in Frogmore Cottage with his mother
It was announced that Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland was with her daughter and Prince Harry as Meghan gave birth in the early hours of 6 May. Pictured, the mother-daughter duo before Meghan’s wedding to Harry in May 2018
Friends have said the couple will be ‘open-minded and liberal’ parents, and Baby Sussex will wake up each day at the nursery at their new home in Windsor, which is understood to have been painted with grey and white hues.
The paint is reportedly from German organic paint brand Auro.
It is stocked by The Organic and Natural Paint Company, which produces vegan paint infused with rosemary oils and eucalyptus.
From mother and baby yoga to visits from some of the top A-listers in the world, life at Frogmore Cottage will be far from the norm for newborn Baby Sussex. The newborn will settle into life at Frogmore Cottage in the gender-neutral nursery, which is believed to have been painted in grey and white hues (stock image used)
Visits from A-list friends
Some of Meghan and Harry’s closest friends will be sure to pop in and see the new baby, and many have children of a similar age.
Longtime pal tennis champion Serena Williams has a daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian, who is 20 months old. The adorable little girl could make a perfect playmate for Baby Sussex.
Meanwhile, Meghan’s closest friend Jessica Mulroney has three children– John, Brian and Ivy – who were all involved with the royal wedding, and, though a little older, will likely have some fun with Baby Sussex in the future!
George and Amal Clooney are also good friends with the Duke and Duchess. Meghan and Harry took a holiday to Lake Como last August with the family, whose twins, Alexander and Ella, were born in June 2017.
Close friends Amal and George Clooney, along with Serena Williams and husband Alexis Ohanian, with have children that are a similar age to Prince Harry and Meghan’s baby boy
Mother and baby yoga
According to The Express, Frogmore has had a new floor with a yoga studio installed, so the family can enjoy regular sessions together.
Harry has become a yoga fan after Meghan introduced him to it last year.
A friend revealed: ‘It has brought calmness to his life. Meghan has kept up her own routine during her pregnancy and many experts say gentle stretching is highly beneficial for babies too.
‘The new prince or princess will be the first royal baby to be skilled in yoga.’
Frogmore Cottage has reportedly been kitted out with a yoga studio, in which Meghan is able to practice
Life with a nanny
At the start of March, the Mail on Sunday revealed that Harry and Meghan do not want to hire a nanny to look after their new baby, however they may do so later in the year, in the run-up to a rumoured royal tour.
Norland College, the prestigious childcare training and education provider declined to comment on whether they had been approached by the royal couple regarding a nanny.
The college’s graduates are often picked by the royal family as nannies. Prince George’s nanny, Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo is an alumna.
However, reports have suggested that the couple will break with tradition and hire a US nanny, as a nod to Meghan’s roots.
It’s likely the royal couple will take a hands-on role with their child, but they may hire a nanny later in the year. Prestigious Norland College graduates are often picked up the Royal Family as nannies
Sleepovers with Granny
There have been reports that Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland could split her time between LA and Meghan and Harry’s new home at Windsor Castle to help raise Baby Sussex.
It’s understood that the recently refurbished Frogmore Cottage features a ‘granny flat’ above the garage, to allow Doria to make the most of her visits.
A source told Vanity Fair: ‘She wants to be on hand to help Meghan and Harry with the baby. Doria will be involved and if she’s involved she will be encouraging Meg to go for a natural birth.’
Doria flew to the UK ahead of the birth, and is currently at her daughter’s side at Frogmore Cottage.
Doria Ragland plans to be a hands-on granny to Baby Sussex, and could split her time between LA and Frogmore Cottage in order to help raise the little royal
Playdates with cousins
Baby Sussex’s cousins are all a similar age to him, and will likely play together.
The Cambridges live in the grounds of Kensington Palace with Prince George, 5, Princess Charlotte, four, and Prince Louis, one.
The family have often been seen having days out with Prince William and Harry’s cousin Zara Tindall and her children Mia and Lena, so it seems likely that we can expect Baby Sussex to play host to their cousins for play dates.
The Cambridge family may be invited over to Frogmore Cottage for playdates, with cousin Louis just one year older than baby Sussex
Visits from grandparents
Prince Charles, or Grandpa Wales as he is known to his grandchildren, is said to be a natural when it comes to children. Pictured: The Prince of Wales holding his grandson Prince Louis on 5 September 2018
Prince Charles is a passionate grandparent and it’s believed he’s known as Grandpa Wales to the Cambridge children.
Camilla has revealed that he is a natural with children, saying: ‘He will get down on his knees and crawl about with them for hours – you know, making funny noises and laughing and my grandchildren adore him, absolutely adore him.
‘He reads Harry Potter and he can do all the different voices and I think children really appreciate that, ‘ the duchess said.
Meghan has made it very clear that she intends to educate her child about the plight that women and girls endure around the round. She is seen during a speech at the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games
Meghan has made it very clear that she intends to educate her child about the plight that women and girls endure around the round.
During an International Women’s Day panel in March, she told the audience that she felt ‘the embryonic kicking of feminism’ — a line she picked up from a Netflix documentary.
‘I loved that, so boy or girl, or whatever it is, we hope that’s the case,’ she said at the time.
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