Doula forced to address rumours she's helping Duchess Meghan

By Meaghan Wray

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are gearing up to welcome Baby Sussex in a mere few months, and the final details of their birthing plan are likely coming into place. But on Feb. 4, reports surfaced saying that the mom-to-be had hired a doula – a non-medically trained birthing coach – to help during the birth. It seems, however, that the information was the product of a simple social media joke.

Case closed! The doula and mother-of-three Lauren Mishcon – originally thought to have been the one hired by the duchess – opened up about the turn of events with The Jewish Chronicle: "It’s the result of a Facebook joke on my personal page and a very tenuous connection between my husband's grandfather and Princess Diana. The more I deny it, the more people believe it."

Meghan made a surprise appearance at The Fashion Awards to present Clare Waight Keller with an award. Photo: © Getty Images

Though it appears Lauren will not be lending a hand to Duchess Meghan, she did explain to The Jewish Chronicle that she could benefit from one: "She may feel that she would like someone experienced in childbirth to provide some non-medical emotional and physical support to guide her and Harry through the process."

Earlier in the week, it definitely seemed like someone special would be joining the duo for the birth of their first child this spring. Given Meghan's passion for yoga and self-care practices, it wouldn't be surprising if she had wanted to enlist the help of Lauren, or another doula entirely. The rumours surfaced when a royal source spoke to Us Weekly, saying: "Meghan is focused on calm and positive energy around the birth – she's a bit believer in that."

Harry and Meghan participated in a walkabout on Fraser Island while on royal tour. Photo: © Getty Images

Other outlet cited conversations from the Doula UK members' websites as proof that the "labour coach" was set to join the 37-year-old during her delivery. Recent chats lead some to believe the job had gone to Lauren, who when asked if the rumours were true on the message board, replied with: "I'm busy in Spring. I could not possibly say."

When The Sun questioned the 40-year-old doula further, she said “Well, I am obviously not at liberty to talk about who, or who might not, be my client. So I can’t ­possibly... I wouldn’t be able to talk to you about anything.” Interestingly, Lauren has a royal connection already, given she's married to Oliver Mishcon, the grandson of solicitor Lord Mishcon whose law firm handled the divorce of the late Princess Diana and Prince Charles.

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