At last week’s baby shower, Meghan Markle revealed that she is having a baby boy. However, it is alleged that she will not be imposing gender stereotypes on her child.
‘Fluid’ approach to gender
According to Vanity Fair, Markle confided in at least one of her friends that despite the sex assigned to her child, she will be raising Baby Sussex without gender roles. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex already planned a gender-neutral nursery, opting for whites and greys instead of blues.
‘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,’ a source close to Markle told Vanity Fair.
‘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 unclear exactly what this ‘fluid’ approach entails. Kate Hudson, for instance, announced back in January that she is raising her baby with a gender-neutral approach as well. Yet, these approaches void of gender stereotypes are a bit different from other approaches, where parents use gender-neutral pronouns for the children and don’t inform others of the child’s assigned sex.
Not everyone was happy about this potential news out of Kensington Palace, though. Many online called the gender fluid approach ‘irresponsible,’ ‘absurd,’ and ‘against biology.’
Responding to criticism, Kensington Palace released a rare statement. In it, officials claim Vanity Fair’s story about Markle’s potential gender fluid approach to parenting is ‘totally false.’