This is why the Queen has to know when Meghan’s baby is born BEFORE anyone else
THE Queen has to know when Meghan Markle’s baby is born BEFORE anyone else including her mother Doria Ragland and Prince Harry, according to a bizarre royal custom.
The Duke and Duchess should follow a set of specific traditions when it comes to a royal birth including who gets to hear the good news first. The Queen must be told before it is formally announced to the public that the baby has been born as well as the baby’s gender. Tony Appleton, the town crier, will be the one to announce the birth, such has been a tradition since the medieval times, and a notice will be erected on a billboard outside the Buckingham Palace.
This odd tradition stems from another custom of who can and cannot be physically in the room during the birth.
Traditionally, the fathers were not allowed to be present while the mother gives birth.
When the Queen gave birth to Prince Charles, Prince Philip was swimming and playing squash.
However, this rule was relaxed after Prince Charles was born when husbands were allowed in the room.
Traditionally, royal babies were born at home but that changed when Princess Diana gave birth to both Prince William and Prince Harry at the private Lindo Wing of London St Mary’s Hospital.
The Duchess of Cambridge has also given birth to her three children – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis – at the Lindo Wing.
However, the mum-to-be could go back to tradition and have a home report after royal sources claim Meghan wants to have home birth.
The Duchess of Sussex is reportedly a big advocate of home births and wants to have a paddling pool set up for her to give birth to her future daughter or son and the Duke of Sussex is said to be supportive her wishes.
A source told Grazia: “She is a huge advocate of home births, but British royals are expected to give birth at the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in London.
“Meghan doesn’t want what she calls a ‘medicalised’ birth, and instead wants to have a pool set up in a relaxing environment.
“Even Harry found this surprising, but Megs wants to ensure her birth is as natural as possible.”
If the speculation is true then Meghan could have a home birth at Frogmore Cottage, where the newlyweds are planning on moving to early next year.
In a statement confirming the move, Kensington Palace said: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will move to Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor Estate early next year as they prepare for the arrival of their first child.
“The couple has lived at Nottingham Cottage since their engagement last year.”
“Windsor is a very special place for Their Royal Highnesses and they are grateful that their official residence will be on the estate.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK