It’s pretty obvious that Meghan Markle doesn’t mind shaking up royal protocol and the end of her pregnancy will be no exception. Buckingham Palace released a statement that explains just how private she and Prince Harry plan to keep the birth of their first child.
“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,” the April 11 statement from Buckingham Palace read. “Their Royal Highnesses have taken a personal decision to keep the plans around the arrival of their baby private.” Meghan is due to give birth in late April or early May.
One huge question surrounding the couple’s birth plan has been whether or not they will choose to take the traditional photos outside of the hospital mere hours after she gives birth. Kate Middleton and Prince William famously snapped pictures outside the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s hospital for all three of their children — George, 4, Charlotte, 3, and Louis, 11 months.
The statement noted, “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 is a huge indicator that Meghan and Harry will most likely opt out of the photo frenzy at the hospital. A source also previously revealed to Us Weekly that the Suits star is “likely” to go to the London wellness center to give birth.
The royal couple is very interested in protecting their privacy. On April 3, they moved from Kensington Palace in London to their new home at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, England. A separate source said to Us Weekly that the location “is much more private, and they wanted that for the arrival of the baby.”
The source added, “Harry and Meghan are very happy with how the cottage turned out,” the insider added. “They are looking forward to really starting their lives together on their own.”