Why Meghan Markle Won’t Be Taking Photos After Her Baby’s Birth

The reason has everything to do with how Meghan and Harry intend to live their life as a family and raise their new baby.

Prince Harry and Meghan Duchess of Sussex visit New Zealand House, London, UK - 19 Mar 2019Shutterstock

A royal mother making an appearance outside the hospital following the birth of a new baby is somewhat of a tradition—Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, introduced her children to the world this way, and so did her late mother-in-law, Diana, Princess of Wales. Like the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade or the festivities surrounding a presidential inauguration, it’s something people have come to expect as a marking of a special occasion. However, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, will be raising their son very differently from the Cambridge children.

As soon as Meghan’s pregnancy was announced, preparations began for the birth of the new royal. As part of this, Buckingham Palace released a statement announcing that Meghan and Harry plan to keep the arrival of their baby private—meaning no traditional photo op on the hospital steps.

“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,” a palace spokesperson said. “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.”

According to Vanity Fair, Meghan is “uncomfortable” with the idea of staging an appearance so soon after giving birth and will likely wait to share images of their baby when she feels ready. When the baby boy arrived in the early morning hours of May 6, the palace released a statement that all was well and Meghan, Harry and her mother, Doria Ragland were with the child at Frogmore Cottage. Meghan’s personal team of medics, along with her mother and Harry, were by her side for the birth and the Queen’s doctors were on standby. The new 7-pound baby boy inherited this spot in line for the throne.

Eager royal baby fans can now just wait and hope for photo on Meghan and Harry’s new Instagram account. And you don’t have to wait long to guess the name of their new son: here’s the most likely names people think the baby will have accompanied by this royal title.

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Erin Kayata
Erin Kayata joined Reader’s Digest as an assistant staff writer in March 2019, coming from the Stamford Advocate where she covered education. Prior to this, she was part of a two-year Hearst fellowship program where she covered crime and education in suburban Connecticut. She graduated from Emerson College and spent part of her undergraduate career writing for the Boston Globe. When she’s not writing articles about useful facts and pop culture, you can find Erin enjoying the local theater scene and working toward her goal of reading 50 books a year.