In The Same Boat: Meghan Markle Is Going To Be A Late-In-Life Mother, But So Was The Queen!

Date November 14, 2018 16:54

Queen Elizabeth and Meghan Markle have a lot more in common than you might think! After the pregnancy of the 37-year-old Duchess of Sussex was recently announced, it turns out that Her Majesty The Queen also gave birth to her last baby, Prince Andrew, at the same age.

Thus, Meghan will be a late-in-life mother, just like Queen Elizabeth herself. The situation is complicated by the fact that it is her first pregnancy. What do experts have to say about this?

Geriatric pregnancy

Meghan and Harry are expecting their firstborn in spring of 2019. Currently, the 37-year-old Duchess is reportedly 12 weeks pregnant. As such, there’s a good chance the baby will be born in late March or early April.


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The term gynecologists have been using for years classifies mothers who are over 35 as 'geriatric'. Sometimes this phenomenon is also called a 'late pregnancy.'

Since Meghan is now 37, she is considered a geriatric mother.


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The same term was used for the Queen when she gave birth to her fourth child, Prince Andrew, in 1964. She was, incidentally, the precise same age as Meghan.

Another royal tradition?

A few other royal mothers have given birth when they were over 30, including Kate, Duchess of Cambridge; Sophie, Countess; and Zara Tindall.

Likewise, Kate had George at 31 years old, Charlotte at 33 and, fairly recently, Louis at the age of 36. 


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Sophie had her first child, Lady Louise, at 38. 4 years later, at the age of 42, she gave birth to James, Viscount Severn.


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Zara Tindall fell pregnant with Mia when she was 31 years old and, 5 years later, she gave life to Lena at the age of 37.


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As a matter of fact, the term 'geriatric pregnancy' isn’t widely used nowadays, as several parental communities classify it as 'insulting' for late-in-life mothers.

However, there is no escaping the fact that women’s reproductive system falls into decline as they reach 35, that’s why gynecologists suggest thinking about having children early to avoid conception difficulties.


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37-year-old Meghan backdoored her way into motherhood, thus continuing one of the royal family’s traditions!

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