News reports have stated that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be keeping details of their baby’s birth private until they're ready to share their announcement with the world. There’s a good reason for it, too. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex want to enjoy a private moment to themselves as a new family of three before they share it with the world.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who have been married since May of 2018, have made the personal decision to keep the plan around the arrival of their baby temporarily private. The royal couple will share their birth announcement after the baby comes, and once they're ready.
“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,” according to a statement released by Buckingham Palace via People Magazine.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced that when their child is born, they will skip the ritual photo opportunity outside a maternity ward. The Sun, Britain's highest-circulation tabloid, chided the couple for infringing on "our royal rights." https://t.co/uT56oyZnQk— The New York Times (@nytimes) April 16, 2019
This is in sharp contract to Harry’s brother, Prince William and Kate Middleton, and how they’ve welcomed their three children in the past. It only took a few hours for the Duchess of Cambridge to be camera ready as both she and William presented their newborn children at the steps of the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital after she gave birth. Their children- Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis- were all born at the same hospital, too. The Duke and Duchess posed for media photographs and waved to well-wishers before heading home with their newborn.
Another reason why Harry and Meghan want to keep the birth of their child to themselves because they feel as though the hospital photo calls have become a “media circus.” The tradition of giving birth at St. Mary’s Hospital began back in 1977, when Princess Anne welcomed her son, Peter Philips. She later gave birth to her daughter, Zara, at the same hospital in 1981. Princess Diana continued the trend the following year when she gave birth to Prince William, and then a few years later to Prince Harry.
Meanwhile, Markle is currently on her maternity leave and is expected to give birth in the coming weeks. The Duchess has not made any comments about how long she intends on staying home with her new baby after giving birth. However, reports have stated that she already has several royal engagements and public appearances booked for the end of the summer. So Markle could be making her return to the public eye sooner than later.