Harry And Meghan Ditch Traditional Post-Birth Photo Op In Order To 'Celebrate Privately'
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have announced that they're departing from royal tradition when it comes to the birth of their first child.
Our heartfelt apologies to loyal royal fans but it's highly unlikely that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will follow in his late mother's footsteps and present their newborn bub to the world on the hospital steps.
The parents-to-be have instead announced their intention to enjoy their first moments -- and potentially days -- as a brand new family of three in private, away from the public eye.
"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," Buckingham Palace announced in a statement on Thursday.
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," the statement concluded.
This has led many to conclude that, contrary to the 40-year royal tradition, the world won't get its first glance at Baby Sussex in the arms of new mum Meghan right after she gives birth in late April/early May.
It's sure to be a huge disappointment to many, but let's not forget that royal mothers posing for the press on the hospital steps hours after delivering a child wasn't always a thing.
The Queen's daughter Princess Anne and Mark Phillips kicked off the custom in 1981 when they introduced baby Zara Phillips on the steps outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, London.
A year later at the same hospital the now-iconic pictures of Princess Diana cradling her firstborn, William, were captured and seen around the globe. In 1984, it all happened again when Harry was born and the tradition was cemented.
Will and his wife Kate Middleton followed suit decades later with all three of their own children and up until the Palace's announcement it was assumed that Harry and Meghan would do the same.
But the Sussexes -- who were married in May 2018 -- have always done their own thing. Their decision to move from bustling Kensington Palace in London to live the private life at Windsor's Frogmore Cottage is just one example of the pair forging a more modern -- and unique -- royal path.
Their relocation may also influence where Meghan plans to give birth. The Lindo Wing is of course in London, a 40-odd km drive from their new home -- so the pair may opt for a different hospital altogether.
The nearby Princess Margaret Hospital and King Edward VII Hospital may be their choice along with Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey where Harry's aunt, Sophie, Countess of Wessex had her two children.
There are even rumours that the Duchess will choose a home birth -- after all, her grandmother-in-law the Queen gave birth to her four children at home. Anything the Queen can do, right?
Wherever Baby Sussex is welcomed into the world it's thought that hands-on Harry plans to be by his wife’s side when she goes into labour. Meghan's mum Doria Ragland is due to fly in to meet her new grandchild as well.
So when will we see Baby Sussex for the first time?
Before the advent of the post-birth photo op on the hospital steps, the first public appearance of the royal baby would have been at the child's christening.
The special event usually takes place when the bub is two to four months old -- so will we have to wait that long to get a glimpse of Baby Sussex?
Well, probably not. Since Harry and Meghan launched their new Instagram account in early April, it's thought that the couple will release the first pic of their newborn via that account.
In terms of timing, Wills and Kate shared an official portrait of their third child, little Prince Louis, on their official Instagram on May 6 -- just 13 days after his birth.
Side note -- the youngest Cambridge was snapped by mum Kate -- will Harry or Megs jump behind the camera themselves when the time comes? We hope so.
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