Whether they welcome a boy or girl, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, are reportedly planning to avoid gender stereotypes when raising their first child.
“Meghan has been talking to some of her friends about the birth and how she and Harry plan to raise their baby,” a source tells Vanity Fair. “Her exact word was fluid. She said they plan to raise their child with a fluid approach to gender and they won’t be imposing any stereotypes.”
A palace spokesman has called the story “totally false.”
Markle’s recent private baby shower at New York’s Mark Hotel, however, did have a decidedly gender-neutral theme, as seen in an Instagram post by Daniel Martin, Markle’s makeup artist. The royal couple also constructed a gender-neutral nursery at their Windsor home.
Kate Hudson made headlines in January after sharing her “genderless approach” to raising her daughter. Pink has also said she’s raising her children in a gender-neutral environment, and Céline Dion launched a gender-neutral clothing line for kids last year.
Prince Harry and Markle were married last year at Windsor Castle with a ceremony-stealing sermon from LGBTQ-friendly Bishop Michael Curry. The couple has already committed to championing LGBTQ rights.
Markle is expected to give birth this spring.