Boy or girl? That’s the big question surrounding the upcoming birth of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s first child, due sometime in April. But according to a recent report, the gender might not matter to Meghan at all, at least when it comes to how she and her husband will raise their baby.
A source told Vanity Fair, “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.’ She said they plan to raise their child with a fluid approach to gender and they won’t be imposing any stereotypes.”
While that claim has yet to be confirmed by the royal couple themselves, Meghan and Harry did choose a gender-neutral color scheme (gray and white) for their future baby’s nursery in their Frogmore Cottage home.
And the Duke and Duchess won’t be the first parents to adopt the “fluid” style of raising their child if they choose to do so. In January, Kate Hudson spoke out about using a “genderless approach” with daughter Rani Rose, explaining that she wasn’t sure yet what the newborn would identify as.
It’s a parenting trend that may have benefits, too. A Swedish study found that students who attended one of the country’s gender-neutral kindergartens were more socially adept and less influenced by gender stereotypes than their peers who attended a regular kindergarten.
But whether or not Meghan and Harry will use the gender-fluid approach to parenting is still up in the air. So far, there has been no official comment from Kensington Palace.
The royal baby’s sex also remains unconfirmed, despite rumors that one of Meghan’s friends revealed that it’s a boy at the 37-year-old’s baby shower in New York City last week.