Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expecting their first child this spring. Since the newlyweds announced that they were expanding their family last fall, they've been a constant fixture in the press. Publications have covered everything from Meghan's growing baby bump to her choice in maternity wear. As exciting as this news has been for the rest of the world, the first time parents are obviously, even more excited. Thankfully, a friend close to the couple recently spilled all of the details of their baby prep to Vanity Fair. As with everything associated with the Royal Family, Meghan and Harry's baby prep all sounds a bit over the top. But come on, did we really expect anything less?
10 Meghan's $200,000 Baby Shower
Every first-time mother deserves a baby shower thrown by her closest friends and family. Meghan Markle's occurred in February, and let's just say, it definitely surpassed that criteria. Meghan arrived to the star-studded event, which included guests like Amal Clooney and Abigail Spencer, in a private jet. Though the upscale affair was mostly kept private, we do know that Meghan and the attendees spent some of their time creating bouquets for charity. Oh, and that it cost $200,000! Technically, Meghan Markle's best friend, Serena Williams, teamed up with Meghan's other famous friends to foot the bill for this extravaganza, but hey, it was all in the future heir's honor. So it counts!
9 State-Of-The-Art Baby Monitors
Like any good parents, Meghan and Harry will want to be able to keep watch of their newborn at all time. Thanks to modern technology, this is actually possible. Prince Harry is reportedly big into technology, and has insisted on installing state-of-the-art baby monitors into their child's nursery.
This will allow the new parents to keep tabs on their baby, no matter what part of their Frogmore Cottage (or the world) they're in at the moment. The coolest part is that everything will be accessible through apps on their smartphones.
8 Childproof Windows
Children are a handful. The second they're able to walk, everyday items in the home can become death traps. That means that a great deal of baby proofing needs to take place, prior to the toddler stage. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are reportedly starting small with childproof windows. In case you weren't aware, childproof windows are made specifically to thwart curious children from unlocking them from the inside. They're also harder to lift and close, keeping them from injuring themselves. Since Harry and Meghan's child will be seventh in line to the throne, it's crucial to keep them (and all babies, of course) safe.
7 Luxury Furnishings
By now, it's more than clear that Meghan Markle is all about her style. From the moment she and Prince Harry went public with their relationship, Meghan staked her claim as one of this decade's most dedicated fashionistas. It goes without saying that Meghan will also extend that love of style to the place she and Harry will raise their family. According to Vanity Fair, Meghan has already involved Vicky Charles, Soho Farm's creative director, to take charge of furnishing their new living quarters.
6 $50,000 Energy Efficient Boiler
It's crucial for new parents to have a constant stream of hot water. Between baths, feedings, and laundry, hot water is a must! For Harry and Meghan, the need will increase exponentially due to the enormous amount of water it will take themselves and their staff clean and fed.
So of course, a part of Meghan and Harry's baby prep includes having a boiler, worth $50,000 installed on their property. Ever the environmentalists, their boiler of choice is energy efficient, which will reduce their carbon footprint, and keep them supplied with guilt-free water 24/7.
5 Vegan Paint With Eucalyptus Oil
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are already incredibly health conscious. But it makes sense that the parents-to-be would take extra precautions where their baby's nursery is concerned. The Royal Couple is reportedly opting to stay away from decorating with toxic paint, and instead choosing completely natural, vegan paint that contains eucalyptus oil. The same article states that Meghan and Harry are waiting to find out the sex of their child, so the nursery will be painted with neutral colors.
4 Full-Time Nanny
It's been widely reported that Meghan Markle's mother, Doria Ragland, will be moving into Frogmore Cottage (where Meghan and Harry live) to assist with the baby. Vanity Fair reports that Meghan and Harry do not initially have plans to hire a nanny. But like most grandmothers, it's unlikely that Doria will choose to uproot her life indefinitely. That means that Meghan and Harry will need a full-time nanny at some point. According to Cheatsheet, the royal duo are already looking for the best, most qualified, CPR-certified nanny to help look after their pride and joy, when that time comes.
3 Yoga Studio
You've probably heard the saying, "happy wife, happy life." In this case, it's "happy parents, happy child." Part of the renovations that are taking place at Frogmore Cottage includes building a complete yoga studio with springboard floors.
Sure, the youngest royal could get some use out of it in the future, but it's clear this addition is being included with the parents in mind. As new parents, it makes sense as Harry and Meghan will need to staying tip-top shape as they raise their newborn. Jealous, yet?
2 $3 Million In Total Renovations
Harry and Meghan have been living in Buckingham Palace since their wedding, but Frogmore Cottage, located in Windsor, is where the couple will raise their family. Unfortunately, it's not quite ready yet, as it's currently being renovated to get things up to their standards. Cosmo describes it as a "fixer upper" which means that will take some work. A gift from The Queen, it will cost about $3 million in total to restore and expand Harry and Meghan's living quarters at Frogmore Cottage.
1 Meghan Markle's Shiny Push Present From Prince Harry
Delivering a healthy baby is no small feat. Naturally, doting husbands are getting into the habit of gifting their wives with push presents. Yes, it's exactly what it sounds like - a gift given to show gratitude for the amount of pushing (and pain) that accompanies delivering a baby. This might sound like an exclusively American tradition, but according to The Sun, this is also a tradition the Royal Family partakes in. Royal Etiquette expert, Myka Meier states that she believes Meghan's push present from Prince Harry will be a "custom piece of jewelry, perhaps with the date of the birth or initials of the new royal baby to make it extra special."