Even the British royals are rejecting gender stereotypes and embracing fluidity.
Meghan Markle, the wife of Prince Harry — the couple’s formal titles are Duchess and Duke of Sussex – reportedly told friends she will raise the child she’s expecting with “a fluid approach to gender,” according to Vanity Fair.
The duchess made the remark at a recent baby shower, a source told the magazine. “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,” the source told the magazine. “She said they plan to raise their child with a fluid approach to gender and they won’t be imposing any stereotypes.”
The duke and duchess have already revealed they’ll have a gender-neutral nursery, in colors of white and gray, rather than the traditional pink for girls and blue for boys. They have not publicly stated the baby’s gender, although Meghan is said to have told friends at the shower that she’s having a son, Vanity Fair reports. The due date is likewise being kept under wraps, but various media sources estimate the baby will arrive in April.
“A fluid approach to gender” could mean various things — from simply not pushing a child into stereotypical activities to totally rejecting the binary idea of gender or something in between. Several other celebrities, such as Kate Hudson and Angelina Jolie, have embraced an approach to child-rearing that is gender-neutral to some degree.
Harry is sixth in the line of succession to the British throne, and his child will be seventh. He is the younger son of Charles, Prince of Wales, and the late Princess Diana — and grandson of the reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II.
A spokesperson for the royal family declined comment to Vanity Fair.