WATCH: How Meghan Markle's Birth Plan is Following Queen Elizabeth’s Example
Harry and Meghan’s decision to welcome their first child privately is more in keeping with royal tradition than you might think.
To the dismay of royal watchers around the world, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex revealed on Thursday that they plan to welcome their first child—who happens to be due any day now—privately.
"Their Royal Highnesses have taken a personal decision to keep the plans around the arrival of their baby private,” a statement from Buckingham Palace said. “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."
It’s a route taken by countless expectant members of the royal family before her—Queen Elizabeth included. So, no, Meghan Markle is hardly breaking royal protocol.
Though both Princess Diana and Kate Middleton made headlines for announcing the arrivals of their children by posing for photos at the entrance to the Lindo Wing, it’s hardly a royal tradition. As Good Housekeeping points out, there’s actually a much longer history of royal mothers having private births than public ones.
Queen Elizabeth gave birth to all four of her children—Charles, Andrew, Edward, and Anne—at home. The Queen herself, and her sister Princess Margaret, were also born at home. Heck, Queen Victoria delivered all nine (!) of her children either in Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle.
The first royal mama to give birth in a hospital was the Queen's daughter, Princess Anne, who had both of her children in the Lindo Wing. Princess Diana and Kate Middleton, who suffered from a complication known as hyperemesis gravidarum through all three of her pregnancies, followed suit.
Just like Harry’s grandmother the Queen did decades ago, Meghan Markle is planning to deliver her first child in her home, Frogmore Cottage.
"It is understood they quickly ruled out the option of using the private Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital," Rebecca English of the Daily Mail wrote. "It is thought Harry and Meghan decided against it because it felt too much like a 'goldfish bowl.' The duchess objected to the idea of standing on the steps of the maternity unit surrounded by the public and the media just hours after the birth, particularly when the child will not be in the direct line of succession."
Makes sense to us! We fully support the Duchess’ decision to do what she’s most comfortable with. Best wishes for a safe delivery.