Meghan Markle and Prince Harry reportedly plan to raise ‘gender fluid’ royal baby
Although Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have not revealed the gender of their royal baby yet, fans can hold their breath on whether the baby will wear blue or pink, as the royal couple wants to reportedly raise their child without gender-stereotyping.
A source at Vanity Fair claims that the Duchess of Sussex has told her friends that she and Harry are going to avoid gender-stereotypes with their son or daughter. The revelations come shortly after it was reported that the couple had designed a gender-neutral nursery for the unborn child.
The source said, "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."
The royal insider added, "She said they plan to raise their child with a fluid approach to gender and they won’t be imposing any stereotypes."
However, it is still debatable on what the pregnant Duchess, whose baby shower guests seemed to have revealed the royal baby's gender to be a boy, might have meant as 'fluid' since the word itself is open to multiple interpretations. The royal duo, as parents, has further decided to avoid dressing their firstborn in certain colors that are associated with one gender more than the other.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, whose newborn is due sometime in late April, also plan to encourage their child to play with a variety of toys that are typically associated with specific sexes, like race cars or dolls. Their modern approach to parenting is believed to be a testament to the former 'Suits' actress' American upbringing.
The Duchess' California lifestyle has led her to believe in focusing on more of a gender-fluid upbringing that has proven to be a popular view shared by many A-list stars. The trend has even spread to the general public, with a small group of parents raising 'theybies' or kids who aren't identified as male or female.
Recently, another celebrity to join the gender fluid bandwagon was actress Kate Hudson, who revealed that she is planning to take a "genderless approach" to raise her newborn daughter Rani. "Me saying a 'genderless approach' was a way of refocusing the conversation in a direction that could exist outside of the female stereotype," she clarified.
Explaining that she simply meant she is raising her kids to feel free to be whoever they want to be, the actress continued, "It just felt a little antiquated to me. Not all girls want to be a princess, some want to be a king."