While rumor has it that Meghan Markle is expecting a boy, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are keeping their lips sealed about the sex of their baby. After bits of blue appeared at her baby shower in February, royal fans have been convinced of a little prince – but it might not be as simple to predict as blue or pink colorways. According to a recent report by Vanity Fair, the first-time parents plan to raise their baby without gender-stereotyping.
“Meghan has been talking to some of her friends about the birth and how she and Harry plan to raise their baby. Her exact word was fluid,” a source told the magazine. “She said they plan to raise their child with a fluid approach to gender and they won’t be imposing any stereotypes.”
However, the Kensington Palace has denied these claims. A palace spokesman told Hello! on Saturday: "This story is totally false." While it’s significant the palace chose to weigh in on this matter, it doesn’t necessarily mean Prince Harry and Markle will be imposing super-strict gender roles either.
The reporters were quick to note that there are many interpretations to the word “fluid,” and they seemed to imply more of a gender-neutral approach to parenting, meaning practices that are suitable to both male and female genders. For instance, the royal couple has chosen a white and gray nursery over conventional blue or pink. Of course, gender expression is far more complex than a paint color, but Markle has been celebrated for her progressive ideals and social progress in the British monarchy so this tactic doesn’t seem so farfetched.
The modern style of parenting is becoming increasingly popular, with celebrities like Angelina Jolie and Kate Hudson on board, and a number of new studies support the benefits of raising children with more of gender-neutral system. Markle is set to welcome her child at the end of April or early May, so we the public will just have to wait and see.