Talk about breaking away from tradition. Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry have just released an official statement announcing their plans for the impending birth of Baby Sussex. And, uh, spoiler alert: don’t expect a photocall on the steps of the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital á la Princess Diana or Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.
The statement from the expectant parents specifically limits the role the media will play in their first few days as parents:
“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 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.”
#HarryandMeghan say they are very grateful for “the goodwill they have received from people throughout the UK & around the world” and “have taken a personal decision to keep the plans around the arrival of their baby private”. pic.twitter.com/jjrhTdZpp3
— Emily Andrews (@byEmilyAndrews) April 11, 2019
It’s not clear if this means Meghan and Harry will eschew a delivery in the Lindo Wing or just a photocall. Royal reporters have noted this might mean the birth will take place at the couple’s new home at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, with a subsequent photo opp with the baby days later.
With a global interest in the birth and all things Baby Sussex at an all time high, it’s only right for Meghan and Harry to take all the necessary precautions to ensure the privacy and safety of their family. And it’s not like the media has earned some goodwill points with the duke and duchess lately. Meghan is mere weeks from delivering and stories of her being banned from using royal jewels, or her feud with Kate, or her demanding personality, or a thousand other vile rumors have been disseminated with relish by tabloids around the world.
Meghan is sure to receive some flak for breaking with tradition, but as only the seventh in line to the throne, Baby Sussex has some wiggle room in the royal protocol department. Plus, as the parents, Meghan and Harry are truly the only ones who can make a decision here. A decision that should be lauded, might we add.