Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have apparently broken with yet another royal tradition, this time with their choice of baby stroller for little baby Archie Harrison.
According to the UK’s Mirror, the Duchess of Sussex has opted for a $1,500 stroller, the Bugaboo Fox, over the long-favoured royal stroller. The Bugaboo, a supposed ‘yummy mummy’ favourite, was apparently gifted by a close friend before the little one’s arrival (remember, royals are not allowed gifts from people they don’t know, for obvious reasons), and it’d just be rude not to use it… right?
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This sees them bucking the time-honoured tradition of using a Silver Cross baby carriage, which has carried royal babies all the way back from King George VI (the current Queen’s father), Queen Elizabeth II when she was a baby, to a young Prince Charles. In fact, the brand prides itself on its royal connection, with a Silver Cross even known as the “Rolls-Royce of prams” (pram is the British word for stroller, in case you were wondering). And even another former actress who married into royalty, Princess Grace of Monaco, opted for a Silver Cross for her royal babies.
But if we may say so, it is a little old-fashioned looking. In fact, we can recall the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton with a particularly vintage-looking stroller at Princess Charlotte’s christening in 2015:
We can’t exactly imagine Meghan pushing baby Archie around in the privacy of the Frogmore grounds in this antique-looking thing, just for tradition’s sake. Instead, something sleek, modern and lightweight seems more befitting of their style, if their private wedding registry list (strictly for their inner circle of friends and family) is anything to go by. It’s also worth noting, the Bugaboo Fox retails for less than an average Silver Cross. But who knows, maybe they’ll keep up appearances and stick Archie in a Silver Cross for his christening, which is probably the next time we’ll get a peek of him in public.
Let’s face it, Meghan’s been a rule-breaker from the beginning – from wearing dark nail polish in public, to opting for a modern wedding cake, to planning for a home birth (though we now know she ended up welcoming Archie in hospital). She even eschewed the help of the Queen’s physicians for the delivery, choosing instead a handpicked female-led team of her own. So the Sussexes are no strangers to blazing their own trail, albeit in small ways.
And as with all products associated with Meghan, it’s sure to put the brand firmly on the map. So, who knows… perhaps it’s a whole new royal tradition she’s just begun.