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Meghan Markle Wants to Raise Her Child in a Gender ‘Fluid’ Environment

Meghan Markle Wants to Raise Her Child in a Gender ‘Fluid’ Environment

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will not raise baby gender fluid, Kensington Palace says.

Kensington Palace issued a statement denying reports to the contrary.

UPDATE 03/04/19: Kensington Palace has denied Vanity Fair's report that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle plan to raise their baby "with a fluid approach to gender."

"This story is totally false," Kensington Palace said in a statement to The Sun.

ORIGINAL STORY BELOW: Gender is over, according to the newly pregnant Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle. Based on reports, she and Prince Harry have to decided to raise their baby in a genderfluid environment inside one of the world's oldest monarchies.

As reported in The Daily Express, a source close to the royals told Vanity Fair that "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.'"

Markle and her royal husband "plan to raise their child with a fluid approach to gender and they won't be imposing any stereotypes," the source said.

While the source was unclear on what exactly Markle meant by "fluid," Elle had details about the princess' baby shower that seem to shed a bit more light on her approach. "Meghan's baby shower in New York City was gender neutral, despite buzz on social media that somehow the decorations or gift bags hinted the baby's gender. Five-star chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten created treats in gender neutral tones."

Daniel Martin, Markle's makeup artist, posted one of these nonbinary treats on Instagram.

Let's be real: until Markle and Prince Harry speak more openly about how exactly they plan to raise their baby, we don't know if they're actually giving their child the chance to grow up in a truly nonbinary environment. As we learned in the case of Kate Hudson, the media circus around "genderless" or "genderfluid" celebrity babies gets a little carried away since no one really knows what any of these terms actually mean. Having a neutral-toned baby shower doesn't mean that you're going to refer to your baby by they/them pronouns until they decide on their own. But, it does seem like the young royals are at least attempting to welcome their child into the world without the stereotypical emphasis on binary notions of gender, and that's pretty cute!

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