As the latest royal baby’s birth draws closer we’ve received some big news from Harry and Meghan.
- Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan are expecting their first child this month
- Meghan and Harry are set to move from Kensington Palace to Windsor’s Frogmore Cottage
- The Sussexes announced they were expecting a baby back in October
This week saw news that Meghan and Harry had enjoyed a lovely babymoon, that they might have been hoping to raise their child as a vegan (some say the Queen has voiced her disapproval), fielded further chatter about the royal bub possibly being a little girl and heard why renovations of the couple’s new home Frogmore Cottage ran late – because they decided to put in an organic veggie garden.
But now that those issues are mostly sorted, they’ve moved into their new digs and are pushing forth with their baby preparations.
First cab off the rank? Some information about how Baby Sussex’s arrival will be handled.
A fresh approach
Early yesterday, photographers began murmuring that they hadn’t received a brief about the royal tot’s arrival. And now we know why.
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A statement released overnight (Australian time) revealed that the baby’s birth would be handled discreetly and that the public debut just hours after delivery that we’ve come to expect – thanks to William and Kate – would not be on the cards for Meg and Harry’s bub.
In fact, while acknowledging the intense public interest in their little one, they say they are going to keep the labour and birth private. They’ll share details when they are good and ready, and they are prioritising bonding with their baby over the public’s thirst for royal baby details.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very grateful for the goodwill they have received from people throughout the United Kingdom and around the world as they prepare to welcome their baby,” Harry and Meghan said in an official statement.
“Their Royal Highnesses have taken a personal decision to keep the plans around the arrival of their baby private. 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 being suggested that the family will advise media when the Duchess is in labour, and then we’ll hear more in the days that follow.
We don’t know where the baby will be born, but rumours are still swirling about a possible home birth.
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What an incredibly special surprise the grassroots led #globalsussexbabyshower was last Sunday! The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are immensely grateful for the outpouring of love and support in anticipation of the birth of their first child. In lieu of sending gifts, the couple have long planned to encourage members of the public to make donations to select charities for children and parents in need. If you already made a donation, the couple send you their greatest thanks. If you are thinking about it, they ask that you kindly consider the following organisations they’ve selected, which we will highlight here over the next few days: @thelunchboxfund @littlevillagehq @wellchild @baby2baby The Duke and Duchess remain appreciative for your warm wishes and kindness during this especially happy time in their lives! Thank you for sharing the love ❤️
A private birth
We think it’s a brilliant decision and one that they are able to make because – unlike William – Harry’s not ever going to take the throne so it’s not really his duty to show off his baby in the hours following the birth.
In fact, Harry and Meg have more freedom to run their family in the way they choose, and from all accounts, this is going to be in as low-key and normal a way as possible.
We expect that the Sussex offspring will be mostly kept away from the spotlight in the coming years. This will create a real thirst for photos of them, which we guess will be managed by the carefully orchestrated release of informal portraits by Harry and Meghan.
It’s going to be a tricky balance to achieve, and we are guessing the royals will crack down more heavily on photography around this little one as he or she navigates their early years.
So stay tuned for that royal baby news. We’ll be hearing more about Baby Sussex once this new family have a chance to enjoy some downtime together.
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Their Royal Highnesses see more of the vibrant Moroccan culture – joining a cooking demonstration with Chef Moha and children, who were cooking traditional dishes. Many of the children are from underprivileged backgrounds, and are part of a scheme to help open up the restaurant industry to young people. Children were also making Cherine Mallah’s Moroccan Pancakes from ‘Together: Our Community Cookbook’ – the charity cookbook, supported by The Duchess, which celebrates the power of cooking to bring communities together. #RoyalVisitMorocco #CookTogether. ?image 2 PA / image 1 +3 @kensingtonroyal