We’re biding our time before Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan welcome the latest addition to the British Royal Family. Baby Sussex is due to arrive sometime in late April or early May—at least, according to reports because of course nothing’s been confirmed—but Harry and Meghan just let us know that they’re revealing the news on their terms.
— Omid Scobie (@scobie) April 11, 2019
So they’re keeping it locked down. And while we may have wanted to see Harry, Meghan and Baby Sussex, this is definitely better for them. They are protecting their privacy and, more importantly, their baby right from the get-go. But how realistic is it that news of her labour, when she’s given birth and where she had it won’t get leaked? There will be reporters and fans camped out wherever, there’s no way that can be stopped, but, hey, if they think they can pull this off, by all means, we fully support it. And if they debut Baby Sussex on the couple’s record-breaking Royal Sussex Instagram account, even better.
You may recall that for the last few years, the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital has been Kate and Will’s second home, with all of their three children born there and then trotted out for photos on those memorable steps. Not Meghan and Harry. They’re doing things their way, not the Cambridge way.
Turns out, we have Princess Anne to blame for the hospital stairs photo-op. While she managed to sneak out of the Lindo Wing with the Queen’s first grandchild, Peter Phillips, in her arms in 1977, four years later, when she and Mark Phillips welcomed second child Zara into the world, they weren’t so lucky. It marked the first time a royal and her baby were pictured on the now-iconic steps.
Then it became a THING. Prince Charles and Princess Diana posed for pics the following year in 1982, when they debuted William, and again in 1984 with Harry. And, of course, no one can forget Will and Kate following suit in 2013, 2015 and 2018, with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, respectively with Middleton looking remarkably refreshed for someone who had just brought life into the world.
And that was just the Lindo Wing babies.
Prince and Princess Michael of Kent also welcomed both their children, Lord Frederick Windsor and Lady Gabriella Windsor, at St. Mary’s Hospital, but in the labour ward. Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson posed for photos outside the Portland Hospital after the births of daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie in 1988 and 1990, respectively. And Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, had their children outside of the city at Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey, near their home. But photographers still captured them with their daughter, Lady Louise Windsor, in 2003 and son, Viscount Severn, in 2007.
How incredible and standing ovation-worthy is it that Harry and Meghan will skip the First Photo Extravaganza and Meg won’t give in to the unrealistic expectation that past royal moms have faced? While we hoped to see Meghan leave the hospital in a closer-to-reality look, say (high-end) yoga pants, a loose top, minimal-to-no makeup and her hair in a slightly messier version of her signature bun, NOT seeing her might be even more amazing.
Before you clutch at your pearls, hold on. Despite how much love the Sussexes get, they are—for all intents and purposes—secondary players in the BRF as far as hierarchy goes so if they opt for a different private hospital, a maternity ward in Surrey, or the most likely option now that reports are pointing to Markle giving birth in their new home, Frogmore Cottage, it’s all good as long as the baby is all good.
Considering Frogmore has state-of-the-art security not to mention a recent $3 million upgrade, a home birth seems like an entirely reasonable option. She’s certainly in good company; The Queen gave birth to her four children at Buckingham Palace and Clarence House, so it’s not completely out of the question. If anything, it just gives these two more to talk about even if it means the world has to wait a little longer to meet Prince Harry and Meghan’s bundle of joy.