MEGHAN MARKLE and Prince Harry welcomed Archie Harrison into the world last week – but the “progressive” Duchess of Sussex may be set to do one thing that Kate Middleton would “never do” with her children, according to a royal expert.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, welcomed their new bundle of joy Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor into the world last week. Meanwhile, Kate Middleton and Prince William are proud parents of Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, who has only just turned one. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are yet to visit the new royal baby, prompting many to wonder if the long-rumoured rift between the two households may be behind the decision.
With Meghan and Harry bucking the tradition of the Lindo Wing, where Kate chose to give birth to all three of her children, royal-watchers are wondering what other parenting decisions will be made that fly in the face of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s example.
Podcast “Royals”, from Australian magazine New Idea, heard from royal expert Angela Molard in an episode that first aired in December 2018.
Ms Mollard said: “[There is] lots of speculation about breastfeeding.
“One outlet is saying that Meghan wants to be the first mother to breastfeed in public, to destigmatise the notion that it should be done behind closed doors.”
In December, Heat magazine reported that the Duchess of Sussex wanted to “help normalise” breastfeeding, and was also keen for Prince Harry to be seen carrying their baby.
Of course, in their delightful first interview together as a family last week , proud dad Harry was the one to gently cradle Archie in front of the world.
Ms Mollard commented: “Again, very, very different from Kate.
“You could never imagine Kate…I mean, we haven’t seen Prince Louis really, apart from official photographs.
the Duek and Duchess fo Sussex showed baby Archie to the world last week (Image: Getty)
“We just don’t see those babies in those early years.
“Will she do it? I think it’s an interesting proposition.
“I think she’ll definitely bring a more American, New Age, progressive edge to her parenting.
“And why not, why shouldn’t she?”
Prince Louis was born in April 2018 (Image: Getty)
Ms Mollard also spoke about the fact that Kate and William’s firstborn, Prince George, is very seldom photographed wearing trousers, in anaristocratic tradition that sees young boys graduate from shorts to trousers at around the age of eight.
In contrast, she said: “I can see [Meghan] putting a little boy in dungarees!”
Ms Mollard continued: “Once the baby is born I think she will be the number one role model for mothering.
“I hope she’s honest about it, I hope she talks about it in a really open [way].”
Ms Mollard concluded: “We won’t be in for a carbon copy of what Kate and William have done, for sure.”
The Cambridges and Sussexes were last pictured together for Commonwealth Day in March (Image: Getty)
On Thursday, however, the Duchess of Sussex came under fire in some quarters for not being honest about the birth experience.
TalkRADIO host Kait Borsay said: “Part of me wishes that Meghan said something honest to us as women, and said ‘oh my God it was horrendous, I’m totally glad I have a baby now but I have never, ever been in that much pain in my life’. We would relate to her.”
Although Ms Mollard addressed rumours of Meghan and Harry aiming for a home birth, she said: “I can’t imagine that a member of the Royal Family will have a home birth, particularly for a first birth.”
Archie Harrison made his arrival into the Royal Family last Monday – but it is still unclear exactly where he was delivered.
Many think that it is probable that Meghan laboured at home before being taken to the Portland Hospital to delivery baby Archie, but this has not been confirmed.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex moved to their new home Frogmore Cottage earlier this year after splitting their royal household from Prince William and Kate Middleton at Kensington Palace, prompting many to speculate if a frosty relationship between the couples heralded the move.
However, today it has been reported that the move was long-planned, coming after Buckingham Palace staff were “horrified” about Meghan issuing official statements about her father Thomas Markle Snr before her royal wedding to Harry in May 2018.
A source told the Daily Mail that move was a “tactic” to keep a close eye on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
The Palace insider added: “The decision was made before his wedding when Kensington Palace began issuing daily statements about Meghan Markle’s father.
“Buckingham Palace was horrified. A key part of being royal is that you don’t say anything about that sort of thing. The Palace abides by its mantra: ‘When in doubt, never speak out.’”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK