British Royal Family

Royal Baby watch: Why we can expect Baby Sussex to arrive within the next 48 hours

Prepare the sausage rolls and mushy peas - this royal tot is a-coming!

By Jess Pullar
After weeks of speculation, wild conspiracy theories and even a few false alarms, it seems we can all take a collective breath and be calm in the knowledge that Baby Sussex is about to arrive - and soon.
According to reports from several respected royal correspondents, it is now understood that Meghan Markle is officially overdue, with her expected due date having occurred in late April.
The Duchess herself has even confirmed as such, letting slip earlier this year that her due date was "late April, early May."
Baby Sussex is set to make its arrival any day now. (Image: Getty)
And now, we've got even more clarification on Baby Sussex's arrival, with the prospect of an induced labour sure to take place sooner, rather than later for an interesting reason.
Indeed the Mail on Sunday reports that the 37-year-old now faces the prospect of an induced labour at a hospital, which usually occurs seven to 10 days after the due date.
This happens for the safety of both mother and child, and is likelier to occur sooner rather than later for women who are over the age of 36.
With it being almost a week since Meghan reportedly passed her due date, that can only mean one thing: Baby Sussex is a-coming - and it'll be within the next few days.
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The news comes as it's revealed Prince Harry will be tweaking his schedule for later this week - further confirming the understanding that the baby will be arriving within the next few days.
Last week, royal fans were surprised to find the Prince would be visiting the Netherlands for two days to undertake an official engagement for the Invictus Games in Amsterdam.
But over the weekend, a statement was released stating that the Duke of Sussex would be postponing the trip, instead simply just visiting The Hague on Thursday to launch the 2020 Invictus games.
Furthermore, Prince Charles also has an upcoming engagement in Germany from May 7 - 10 (which technically will happen on Wednesday in Australian time) which has made royal fans suggest the baby might arrive before he leaves - we're pretty sure the doting Grandfather will want to be one of the first to meet the new baby!
And in the final clue to suggest the royal baby is coming within the next few days, it's now been confirmed bookmakers have suspended all bets pertaining to its birth.
In a statement for betting agency Coral, a spokesperson said: "The announcement of the birth of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's first child is expected any day now and if some speculation is correct, it may have already arrived therefore we have pulled the plug on our birth date betting."
The royal family's official schedule has suggested Baby Sussex sooner rather than later. (Image: Getty)
With that being said, it is understood Meghan is keeping in good spirits, despite an unexpectedly long wait for her baby to arrive.
Speaking to Harper's BAZAAR's Omid Scobie, a source close to Meghan said she was feeling "comfortable and content as she awaited the arrival of her first born.
"She's got this," they added, before explaining that she, mum Doria Ragland and Harry were in "their own bubble" at the moment.
"Meg is with the most important people in her life … she's calm." And we're glad to hear it - bring on Baby Sussex!