Despite being part of a centuries-old institution with myriad rituals and customs, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle aren't afraid to break from tradition. Their culture-blending wedding ceremony last spring proved that, and now, as they prepare for the imminent arrival of their first child, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are deviating from recent royal precedent once again.
This morning, Buckingham Palace announced that Harry and Meghan are keeping the plans surrounding the birth of their baby "private."
"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," reads the statement released today.
"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."
Thus far, there has been no announcement of where Meghan will give birth, in a hospital or otherwise, and there will be no photocall with the newborn royal baby outside the hospital.
Instead, it is understood that the new family of three will pose for a photograph at some point following the child's birth, though details are still unclear as to where or when.
And in general, details about the baby are slim. In contrast, as ITV's Chris Ship noted on this morning, plans for the birth of Prince Louis were d with the media two months prior to his birth.
The press was also well-informed in advance of the births of Princess Charlotte and Prince George, and of course, all three of Will and Kate's kids were introduced to the world's media just hours after being born, on the steps of the Lindo Wing.
Royal commentator Victoria Arbiter notes that allowing photographers to capture a photo of the newborn so quickly is a silent negotiation between the royals and the press.
"By standing and giving the press what they need in that photograph and in that moment, it reduces the value of any kind of paparazzi pictures," she told T&C in a previous interview. "That first photograph has the potential to be incredibly valuable. Which is when you see royals take control of the narrative. And they say, 'We’ll give you this picture but in exchange you’ve got to leave us alone and respect our privacy.'"
But Meghan and Harry are choosing to do things differently, and since Prince Harry is not the heir to the throne, and this baby will be seventh in line, they can.
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