INTERNATIONAL - The Duchess of Sussex has delivered an astonishing snub to the Queen’s highly-regarded doctors, insisting she doesn’t want “the men in suits” to oversee the birth of her first child with Prince Harry.

In a significant break with royal tradition, 37-year-old Meghan has appointed her own delivery team, led by an unnamed female doctor.

Royal Household gynaecologists Alan Farthing and Guy Thorpe-Beeston, “who is a specialist in high-risk births”, attended at the arrival of all three of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s children. They are among the best in the world but neither has been given the leading role in Meghan’s care.

In keeping with protocol, the Queen’s doctors cannot be excluded completely.

There will be some role for them, and should something go wrong, “as it did with the Countess of Wessex”, the Queen’s doctors would step in and take over.

It is understood that meetings to discuss the birth will be held as the due date approaches, with the baby expected next month. 

The Mail on Sunday