There may be nothing more than legal stuff going on, of course – but that hasn’t stopped speculation from mounting that the Duchess of Sussex could be expecting again.
Meghan’s court case, in which she’s suing UK media group Associated Newspapers, was set to start in early January but has now been set back by nine months at the duchess’ request.
A judge granted the 39-year-old’s motion after she applied for a postponement on “confidential grounds” – a move that set social media ablaze.
“Nine months. Megan must be pregnant and doesn't want stress during the pregnancy. I betcha that's the secret reason [sic],” one wrote.
Others suggested the delay might just be a precaution against coronavirus.
“Considering the ongoing pandemic this is probably a wise decision to put back the trial date until the Autumn [sic],” wrote another.
But, as another pointed out, why would that be a “confidential reason”?
Meghan is suing the group for breach of privacy after two of their publications, The Mail on Sunday and MailOnline, published portions of a private letter she wrote to her estranged father, Thomas Markle, in 2018 after her wedding to Prince Harry.
The latest development however has riled her former cameraman father. The 76-year-old along with his daughter was set to take to the stand in what many have claimed would have been a dramatic father-daughter “face-off”.
He has opposed the delay, saying he “could die tomorrow” if things are dragged out due to his ongoing health problems.
In a statement released by Elizabeth Hartley, group legal director of Associated Newspapers, he said, “This case is causing me anxiety and I want to get it over with as quickly as possible.
“I am 76 years old and as a result of my heart condition and surgery I am on blood thinners which have had an effect on my breathing.
“I am unable to walk far or up many stairs. I am clinically obese, and I am pre-diabetic. None of my male relatives have lived beyond 80. I am a realist and I could die tomorrow. The sooner this case takes place the better.”
Royal watchers have been wondering for a while when Meghan and Harry will have a second child. Archie will be two in May and Meghan turns 40 in August so if they are going to have another baby, they should do it sooner rather than later, experts say.
Meghan was 37 when she became pregnant first time round and as such was already considered a “geriatric mother”. Although, as healthline.com points out, doctors usually describe older moms as “of advanced maternal age these days for obvious reasons”.
Meghan is fit, strong and healthy so
she should be fine – but the longer she postpones things, the more the risks,
including low birth weight, premature weight and chromosomal abnormalities such
as Down syndrome.
However, healthline.com points out that a growing number of women are waiting until after 35 to have babies these days. “No one should be afraid of a later pregnancy as long as all the precautions are taken,” it says.
Sources: dailymail.co.uk, express.co.uk, harpersbazaar.com