Meghan Harry birth, want to keep the plans of their baby’s birth private.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will keep the plans of their baby’s arrival private, Buckingham Palace announced in a statement today. They intend to announce the news only after they’ve celebrated privately as a family first. The child is reportedly due at the end of the month.
The full statement from Buckingham Palace reads:
“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. Their Royal Highnesses have taken a personal decision to keep the plans around thier 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.”
This marks a distinct difference from the births of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s royal babies (Prince George in 2012, Princess Charlotte in 2015, and Prince Louis in 2018), which were highly publicized and closely surveilled by the public.
The hospital where Kate would give birth (the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital in London) was usually announced weeks before the baby’s arrival; reporters, photographers, and fans would wait outside the hospital after she was admitted; and she’d emerge dressed up for photos with William and the newborn in tow. Don’t expect the same process when Meghan gives birth.
Royal reporter Chris Ship of ITV predicted after the announcement that for the Duchess of Sussex, there’ll be “no Lindo Wing photocall like William and Kate. No announcement which hospital Meghan has chosen or whether she wants a home birth.” This isn’t a rare decision for royals, Ship points out, as Harry and William’s cousins Zara and Mike Tindall took a similar route with their kids.
Royal commentator Victoria Arbiter tweeted that Harry and Meghan “are establishing their intent to keep their baby’s life as private as possible from day one.” That comes as no surprise. The couple just moved out of Kensington Palace in London to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor to start their family somewhat out of the spotlight. Royal correspondent Rebecca English of Daily Mail previously reported that the Duke of Sussex wanted to “escape the goldfish bowl of royal life.”
Harry and Meghan’s child will also be seventh in line for the throne and is unlikely to become King or Queen, so it might not be as necessary to keep him or her in London in the throes of royal life as it is for George, Charlotte, and Louis. Baby Sussex will continue to get bumped down the line of succession by the descendants of the Cambridge children, like Harry, now sixth in line, was bumped down by William’s kids.