The obstetrician who helped deliver Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s second child Lilibet has shut her practice with little notice, telling patients she needs to ‘focus on my own health and be with my family’.
Dr Melissa Drake made the announcement on Instagram, where she said it had been ‘the honor of my life to work with the women of Santa Barbara’ before announcing a ‘leave of absence’ starting on June 30.
She said patients procedures or surgeries planned before June 30 would go ahead but warned pregnant women with appointments after the date would need to transfer care to a different practice.
Dr Drake, who is married fertility doctor and has four step kids, oversaw the birth of Queen Elizabeth’s 12th great-grandchild Lilibet at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital on June 4, 2021.
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