Palace slams ‘totally false’ reports that Meghan Markle will raise royal child as gender fluid
Kensington Palace has said reports that the Duchess of Sussex wants to raise her child gender fluid are ‘totally false’.
Vanity Fair claimed that Meghan had told ‘friends’ she wants her baby to be raised in a gender-neutral way.
The magazine quoted a ‘source’ as saying: ‘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 source added: ‘She said they plan to raise their child with a fluid approach to gender and they won't be imposing any stereotypes.’
The magazine's report notes that there are ‘multiple possible interpretations’ of what that could mean.
However, a palace spokesman said in a statement: ‘This story is totally false.’
The duke and duchess's baby is due in April.
The couple got married at a ceremony in Windsor in May 2018 and announced that the duchess was expecting later in the year.
The duchess is seen by many as having a modern approach to social issues and gender has formed a key part of her campaigning work.
On her recent trip to Morocco with Harry she told a group of female business executives and entrepreneurs that ‘women have to challenge everywhere in the world’.
Next week she is set to join leading feminists and national figures including singer Annie Lennox and former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard to mark International Women's Day with a panel discussion on gender issues.
When the duchess met students from the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) in January she raised concerns about the plight of young girls and women in developing countries who are stigmatised when menstruating.
During the visit she reportedly reacted with shock when shown data published by a higher education charity showing UK professors were overwhelmingly white men.
When she saw the figures she exclaimed ‘oh my God’, according to Dr Rachel Cowen, Manchester University's lead for equality, diversity and inclusion.