Having a baby, especially for the first time, is and should be as private as the parents want it to be. Some new parents want to keep their plans as private as possible, only letting immediate family know what's up. There are few things in life that can truly be private anymore, and having a child is definitely one of them. So, it's not surprising, and also kind of refreshing that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are choosing to keep the details surrounding the birth of their first child private.
Buckingham Palace released a statement, which is rare, explaining that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be keeping the details of the birth to themselves until they're ready to share the news with the public. As we all know, Baby Sussex should be arriving very soon, so the timing of this announcement makes sense. The last time the palace delivered an official statement was when Kensington Palace released the statement announcing the Duchess's pregnancy last fall. But as the due date (which the public doesn't officially know) draws closer, there are likely going to be people camping out waiting for any details they can get. At least now they'll save everyone the hassle.
Some people may be wondering why Meghan and Harry are choosing to go this route. Especially since after the birth of all three of Prince William and Kate Middleton's children, we saw them leaving the hospital. Well, the biggest difference is that Baby Sussex is currently seventh in line for the throne after its grandfather, Prince Charles, Prince William, George, Charlotte, Louis and Prince Harry. Since Prince William has three kids, the odds that Prince Harry or Baby Sussex ever a chance are virtually zero. So, there is a lot more flexibility.
The announcement that they will keep the details quiet until they're ready is refreshing. Because much of their life is lived in the public eye, it's likely that they want to have some control over this. While the palace will let us know when Meghan goes into labor, that's the only detail we'll be getting until she and Prince Harry are ready to let us know more.
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Just one week ago, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex asked that you kindly consider supporting various organisations around the world in lieu of sending gifts for the upcoming arrival of their first born. Not only did many of you lend your support, you took action. Their Royal Highnesses wanted you to know the impact of your support – the direct effect your donation, energy, and action made! YOU chose to be part of the collective good, and you have made a real difference. Whether a $5 donation, £1000 contribution, offering to volunteer, or spreading the word – you’ve played your part. And on behalf of The Duke and Duchess (and Baby Sussex), we thank you so much. YOUR IMPACT: @thelunchboxfund will now be able to provide a minimum of 100,000 additional hot nutritionally fortified meals to children in dire need across South Africa @littlevillagehq received donations from all over the world (from UAE to Hong Kong and the US), they’ve increased their monthly donors, had a surge in volunteer applications, and re-energized their hard working team of 200+ staff and volunteers @wellchild can now provide 300+ additional hours of specialist care by a Well Child Nurse for a child with serious health needs, allowing families to stay together at home vs in hospital @Baby2Baby have received over 5,000 products to disperse to children in need, including cribs, books, backpacks, diapers and have received monetary donations from around the globe - from Guadalajara to Italy. You made this happen. Thank you.
We know that it will be impossible for them to keep their child completely out of the public eye, given their positions and popularity. But this is a small way of creating the rules as to how the public will get to interact with Baby Sussex.
And while we're bummed there won't be an immediate photo of Baby Sussex, we're obviously supportive of whatever Meghan Markle and Prince Harry choose to do with their baby.