Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s first child is due in just weeks — but the public will have to wait a little longer than that to catch a glimpse of the royal baby.
The prince and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced via Buckingham Palace Thursday that they will keep their birth plan private, and will publicly reveal details of the birth only after they’ve celebrated together.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very grateful for the goodwill they have received from people throughout the United Kingdom and around the world as they prepare to welcome their baby,” the statement reads. “Their Royal Highnesses have taken a personal decision to keep the plans around the arrival of their baby private. The Duke and Duchess look forward to sharing the exciting news with everyone once they have had an opportunity to celebrate privately as a new family.”
That means Markle, in a break from recent royal tradition, will not pose for photos after delivery, and will instead host a “photo call” at Windsor Castle a few days after the birth, People reports. When sister-in-law Kate Middleton gave birth to her three children with Prince William, she made headlines for posing for photographers just hours later.
Markle and Prince Harry could also break from tradition a bit when they name their baby, according to royals experts, since the child will be the seventh heir to the throne. According to People, Markle is also unlikely to give birth at the private Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital, as Middleton did, and will likely give birth at the couple’s Frogmore Cottage or a nearby hospital.
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