Margaret Minnicks is an online writer who writes about the royal family.
The Duke and Duchess are expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019. During their engagement interview in November 2017, the couple said they are both eager to start a family. Harry said it was definitely in the cards. He said hopefully they will start a family in the near future.
Prince Harry and Meghan attended an event in Northern Ireland last March before they were married. While there, they met husband-wife business owners who sell baby products. When Meghan saw the products from the babywear line she exclaimed: “I’m sure at some point we’ll need the whole lot."
Royal Baby News
Now that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are about to become parents, there are certain rules they must follow, according to the palace's royal baby rule book.
Many of the rules are different from those Meghan know about in the United States. The rules are not limited to parental guidelines. There are also pregnancy rules that Meghan must follow.
Announcement of Pregnancy
The Duchess of Sussex will have specific rules and traditions to follow now that she is pregnant. One rule has already been followed. Kensington Palace did not announce Meghan's pregnancy until the third trimester. Kate Middleton's third pregnancy was announced early when she couldn't attend an event because of acute morning sickness.
Besides waiting until the 12th week to announce the pregnancy, the exact due date of royal babies is never announced.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge didn't reveal the exact due date for their three kids. In Queen Elizabeth's case, the announcements of her own pregnancies weren't officially announced. It was simply stated that she wouldn't take any engagements for the next few months.
Under no circumstances will the baby's gender be revealed until after the birth. When the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, no one knew their gender until after they were born.
The parents allegedly didn't know themselves until after the birth. While waiting for all three to be born, there were bets on whether the babies would be a prince or a princess.
Royal women who become pregnant are expected to stay close to home in case of an emergency. Kate Middleton traveled to Norway while she was pregnant with Prince Louis. Other than that particular trip, she did keep her traveling to a minimum.
Many airlines won't allow pregnant women to fly when they are close to their due date. Therefore, it is not unusual for royal women to be advised not to fly at all during their pregnancy.
When Meghan's pregnancy was announced on October 15, she and Prince Harry were on their first day of a 16-day royal tour to four countries with 76 planned engagements. Their airplane ride was 22-hours long before they landed in Australia. Meghan was feeling well. On the third day of the tour she said she was suffering from jet lag and operating on adrenaline.
When Princess Charlotte was born, Kate Middleton had two obstetricians, three anesthesiologists, four surgical staff members, two special care staffers, four pediatricians, and a lab technician. It will probably be the same with Meghan. More than likely, she will be surrounded by a team of experts.
It had been a tradition for royal babies to be born at home in the palace. Queen Elizabeth gave birth to all four of her children at home at Buckingham Palace, and so did Queen Victoria. They brought in their own doctors, midwives, and nursing staff to a makeshift maternity section of their own royal homes.
Queen Elizabeth's daughter Princess Anne started the trend by giving birth to her children, Peter and Zara Phillips at St. Mary's Paddington. Princess Diana followed suit for the birth of Prince William in 1982 and Prince Harry in 1984. They were born in the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital in London. Prince William's three children were born in the same wing in the same hospital where he was born. Prince Harry and Meghan will probably follow the same pattern.
Announcement of the Birth
Queen Elizabeth is told about a royal pregnancy before the public. She is also the first to be told about a royal birth. Prince William told her through an encrypted telephone call before anyone else found out the news about his three babies.
After the Queen is told, an official announcement is posted on an easel for passers-by to see outside of Buckingham Palace. Information includes the date, time, and gender of the baby. A town crier also announces the birth.
The birth of Prince Harry and Meghan's baby will come the same way as the announcements of the birth of Prince William and Kate's three children.
The royal parents have to officially register the birth with the country within 42 days at the hospital or a local register office.
Public Showings of the Royal Baby
It is a tradition for the mother to leave the hospital shortly after her baby is born with the baby in her arms. Kate Middleton left the hospital within 10 hours of giving birth to her children.
Princess Diana was the one who started the tradition of standing outside of the Lindo Wing with her two sons as soon as they were born. The Queen used to take her newborns out on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. After the baby is seen on the steps of the hospital for the public viewing, it is not seen in public again until the christening which takes place weeks later.
The same gown has been worn by the babies for the last eight generations. The replica is the one used in 1841 during Queen Victoria's reign. Sixty-two royal babies have worn the original gown. Prince Louis was recently christened wearing the replica of the original gown that his older two siblings wore.
Special water from the Jordan River is used in the christening. That's where Jesus had been baptized thousands of years ago.
Names of Royal Babies
Baby names are not given at birth. In fact, the names are revealed days later. Prince William's name was not made public for several days after leaving the hospital. The same method was used with William's three children. However, Prince Harry's name was announced the day he left the hospital. So will Prince Harry follow the pattern of his own birth or that of his brother's for naming his own baby?
Whenever the royal baby is named, it will usually have from 3-4 names.
- Prince William Arthur Philip Louis
- Prince George Alexander Louis
- Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana
- Prince Louis Arthur Charles
- Prince Harry's real name is Henry Charles Albert David
The names usually combine names of previous monarchs and relatives. They don't include a surname. In school, Prince George goes by George Cambridge. Prince William went by William Wales when he was in college.
It has not been revealed if Prince Harry's baby will be given the title of Prince or Princess. Queen Elizabeth will make that decision. The surname will probably be Sussex.
Most royal mothers breastfeed. Queen Elizabeth breastfed her children, and so did Princess Diana. It was never confirmed if Kate Middleton breastfed. So, will Meghan breastfeed her children?
Maternity and Paternity Rules
In the United States, pregnant women go on maternity leave before the birth of their baby. They do work as long as they can so they can have more maternity leave after the baby is born. Their maturity leave is usually only six weeks.
In the United Kingdom, maternity leave for the royal mother is six months. The leave doesn't start until after the baby is born. Fathers also take paternity leave. Prince William received six weeks of unpaid paternity leave from the Royal Air Force for the births of his children.
Royal babies usually have about six godparents. Prince George has seven and Princess Charlotte has five. Immediate family members are not chosen for the role. Those chosen are some of the mother's friends and some of the father's friends.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have a lot of friends. Therefore, they will have no problems choosing at least six or more godparents for their baby.
Baby On Tour
Royal babies are allowed to travel with their parents right away. When Prince Charles was born, Queen Elizabeth left him at home for six months while she went on tour without him.
Princess Diana took Prince Harry overseas just a year after his birth, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took 9-month-old Prince George with them to Australia.
More than likely, a baby will not curtail any of Prince Harry and Meghan's travels.
No Baby Shower
It is a popular tradition in the UK and the US for friends and family of the expectant mother to give her a baby shower that includes games and presents. However, that is unheard of among the royals.
The main purpose of a baby shower and having a baby registry is to get gifts for the newborn baby. Royal expert Victoria Arbiter said it would be inappropriate for the royals to have a baby shower or a gift registry because they are very wealthy. They can afford to buy everything their babies need. Besides, they do not accept presents because of safety measures for their newborn.
Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on October 23, 2018:
Thanks, Patricia, for reading and commenting on Meghan Markle's baby rules whether she follows them or not.
I write something about her almost every day. Check out my other articles when you get a chance!
Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on October 23, 2018:
O my...this is really quite something and very interesting to read about. Thank you for sharing. Angels are on the way this morning.ps