In the lead up to the birth of her daughter Lilibet Diana, Meghan Markle apparently came up with a birthing plan that guaranteed she and her husband Prince Harry would be able to “enjoy the birth in peace.”
Meghan delivered her second child on June 4 at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, just a short drive, from the couple’s Montecito mansion.
According to a People source, the royal couple “looked at several hospitals before they settled on the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Meghan loves that it’s female-founded.”
This particular hospital offers a “family-centered, individualized approach” to childbirth, as well as additional perks like room service and streaming content.
The Duchess of Sussex’s care at the facility was overseen by Dr. Melissa Drake with remote guidance from Dr. Gowri Motha in the U.K. who helped deliver her first child, Archie, at Portland Hospital in London. “Security and privacy were also priorities,” the insider continued.
“They had a big security team that the hospital needed to accommodate.” In the end, they added, “Meghan and Harry are both very thankful for how smoothly things went. They could enjoy the birth in peace.”
And now that their second baby has finally arrived, Meghan and Harry are apparently really settling in to their new life in California.
Another People source revealed earlier this week that the couple’s star-studded neighborhood “is very quiet and perfect for them.
They are close to the beach, which they enjoy, and they also have friends in the neighborhood that they spend time with.
They spend a lot of time at home with Archie but have also managed to get a few date nights in as well. This feels like their first proper home together, because they were able to find a house that they both love.
It’s nice to see them enjoy life.” They concluded, “They’re so happy. This baby solidifies that they are creating roots here in the States. It’s like a clean slate—almost like a new beginning.”