Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have long ago decided that royal protocol won’t dictate their lives, and the birth of their child was no different. When it came to Baby Sussex’s grand arrival, they broke several royal traditions.
Back in March, the modern royals announced that they wanted to keep details of the birth private. They didn’t share any details about where Meghan would be giving birth.
In addition, they held off the announcement until hours after she went into labour. Eight hours, to be specific.
When Duchess Catherine went into labour, the Palace immediately issued a statement, followed by another announcement when Prince Louis arrived. Baby Sussex’s arrival was only announced by the Palace hours later.
Choice of hospital
Meghan also wanted a home birth, as opposed to the royal trend of giving birth at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital. The late Princess Diana started the tradition in the eighties.
Duchess Catherine delivered all three of her children at the Lindo Wing, followed by the famous photoshoot on the steps outside the building, and introducing the youngest tot to the public.
Instead, Meghan Markle was rushed to a London-based US hospital, The Portland. As reported by The Daily Mail, the Portland is part of the Hospital Corporation of America.
Meghan was in good company, as it is also the hospital of choice for Sarah Ferguson and Kate Winslet.
And instead of introducing the Royal baby to the public shortly after his birth, Prince Harry vowed that the Sussex family would make a media appearance in the coming days.
The use of social media
It’s an unwritten rule that royals do not use social media in their private capacity. For years, Prince William, Duchess Catherine and Prince Harry used a joint social media account.
In fact, Meghan had to shut down all her private social media accounts when she began dating Harry. Furthermore, Princess Eugenie was the first member of the royal family to start using social media on her own.
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We are pleased to announce that Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their firstborn child in the early morning on May 6th, 2019. Their Royal Highnesses’ son weighs 7lbs. 3oz. The Duchess and baby are both healthy and well, and the couple thank members of the public for their shared excitement and support during this very special time in their lives. More details will be shared in the forthcoming days.
Following the alleged rift between the Sussex’s and the Cambridge’s, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle created an Instagram account, and are no longer using the join account, Kensington Royal, with the Cambridges.
And instead of allowing the Palace to share an official statement regarding the birth, Prince Harry and Meghan opted to share the news on their Instagram account instead.