Meghan Markle is getting praise for her plans to handle the birth of her baby at the end of the month as a private affair.
Both Markle and Prince Harry have decided to keep the details of the baby private until they've had a chance to celebrate privately, which is a little different compared to past Royal births. The couple released a statement saying as much, thanking everyone for their well-wishes over the month. Obviously, many are eager to read all about the seventh in line to the crown, so obviously, the news was disappointing, but some experts are praising the move.
This move steps away from tradition, as Markle won't pose with the newborn at the hospital. This is something we've grown accustomed to over the years, as it gives citizens and fans alike their first glimpse of the newest royal.
"She has been very smart to get ahead, get out front, we’re going to shape this narrative," says royal expert Bonnie Grier to The Express.
Markle's pregnancy has been under the microscope for months now, so it's not surprising that she's opted for as much privacy as possible when she welcomes the newest royal to the world. The Dutchess of Sussex announced she's carrying in October, and since then, her every move has been watched. Most recently, she's opted to spend time Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, where she'll be relaxing before her birth. She'll break tradition as she won't give birth in London's St. Mary's Hospital, Lindo Wing. Instead, rumors suggest the newest royal will be delivered in Frimley Park Hospital, the same place where Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, had her children.
Following the birth, Markle will take time off for maternity leave, while Prince Harry will get paternity leave as well.
In the meantime, however, we'll just have to wait until the expecting parents are ready to share details about their newborn. While it's a step away from what we're used to, we have to commend the Pince and Dutchess for their desire to have some privacy in an age where it's hard to come by. This is especially true for the new baby, who will be in the spotlight from the second he, or she, is shown to the world.