Eagle-eyed royal fans couldn’t help but notice the Duchess of Sussex’s belly button has popped, and this could be an indication of her due date.
During pregnancy, a woman’s body undergoes a number of changes, and the transformation from an “innie” to an “outie” is something many mums-to-be experience.
It typically happens when the baby grows to take up more room in her body, and the uterus puts pressure on the mum’s abdomen.
This can cause the belly button to “pop”, and is nothing to worry about.
According to Liz Halliday, deputy head of midwifery at Private Midwives, this typically happens in the second or third trimester of pregnancy, although each pregnancy is unique.
She said: “This is a very normal occurrence but is not experienced by all women or in every pregnancy.”
Meghan’s “outie” was visible as she wore a figure-hugging black dress from Hatch and a tan coat by Oscar de la Renta at the Smart Works charity.
All the Palace has confirmed is that the baby is “due in spring”, with many experts predicting a March, which would put Meghan in her third trimester.
March is currently the bookies’ favourite month, with odds for an April birth being evens, and a May baby being 10/1.
The Sun’s Royal Correspondent Emily Andrews speculated that we could see the royal baby being born in “March or early April”.
She said: “All we know for sure is that Meghan is due in the spring. When Kensington Palace announced that the Duchess was pregnant, their official announcement said she was expecting a baby in the spring of 2019.
“At the time many royal watchers assumed she was only just 12 weeks pregnant, meaning she was due the end of April/start of May next year.
“But I was told she was much further along than everyone thought, putting her about three weeks earlier at the start of April.
“The recent pictures of Meghan with a blooming baby bump have left many speculating that she’s due as early as February.
“In the flesh Meghan is very petite and every woman carries babies differently, so I’d expect her to have a large bump quite early on.
“If I were a betting woman, I’d still stay early April. But as we all know babies can come at any time.”