According to a source, both Harry and Meghan are very thankful as to how smoothly things went.

Meghan Markle welcomed her baby, Lilibet Diana into the world on June 4. Little Diana was born at the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital which is just a short drive away from Meghna and Harry’s Montecito, California, home.

“They looked at several hospitals before they settled on the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital,” according to a source. “Meghan loves that it’s female-founded.” 

Dr. Melissa Drake oversaw Meghan’s care, with support from Dr. Gowri Motha in the U.K. Dr. Gowri also helped oversee the care during Archie’s birth at London’s Portland Hospital.

A family-centered, individualized approach to birth (Also a menu to order room service and a comfy sofa for Harry!) is offered by the facility’s state-of-the-art childbirth center. 

Inside Meghan Markle's Ultra-Private Birth Plan: 'They Could Enjoy the Birth in Peace,' Says Source
Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital | Image credits: GOOGLE MAPS

“Security and privacy were also priorities,” a source said. “They had a big security team that the hospital needed to accommodate.”

Inside Meghan Markle's Ultra-Private Birth Plan: 'They Could Enjoy the Birth in Peace,' Says Source
Prince Harry and Meghan in 2019 | Image credits: KARWAI TANG/WIREIMAGE

In March, Harry and Meghan told Oprah Winfrey the stress they experienced to introduce their son Archie to the world days after his birth in U.K. However, this time Meghan could silently deliver the baby two days prior sharing the news. Since she was quiet about her daughter’s birth, here was no pressure for a public conference.

“Meghan and Harry are both very thankful for how smoothly things went,” the source adds. “They could enjoy the birth in peace.” 

Inside Meghan Markle's Ultra-Private Birth Plan: 'They Could Enjoy the Birth in Peace,' Says Source
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry with son Archie in 2019 | Image credits: DOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES

In keeping with the 20-week paid parental leave policy of their Archewell Foundation, the couple hopes to take some months away to spend time with their newborn baby.

Yet, they thrive on their project in progress. Projects include an upcoming docuseries for Netflix on Harry’s Invictus Games. Also there is the release of Meghan’s first children’s book, The Bench. The book was inspired by a Father’s Day poem she wrote for Harry after Archie was born. (“the man and the boy who make my heart go pump-pump,” she writes in the book’s dedication).

Inside Meghan Markle's Ultra-Private Birth Plan: 'They Could Enjoy the Birth in Peace,' Says Source
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry | Image credits: KARWAI TANG/WIREIMAGE

As they welcome their new status as a family of four, they hope to focus on life at home for sometime.

“Meghan and Harry are taking time off to focus on their family,” the source says. “They want to have a long summer break together as a family.”

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