With the birth of the next royal baby just days away, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle are preparing for their new role as parents. When you're part of the royal family, it's expected that you follow certain traditions, but Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle's birth of their first baby will break royal traditions. In fact, from what we've heard, the birth is so far off from Kate Middleton's approach.
The couple announced in a statement on Thursday morning that they wish to keep their birth plans as private as possible, and they won't be posing on the steps of the hospital to reveal their newborn, like sister-in-law Kate previously did with her children.
No need to fret though - you'll still get your look at the royal baby! The couple has shared that within a few days of welcoming the newborn, the family will pose for a photo on the grounds of Windsor Castle, and it will likely be shared on their Instagram, @sussexroyal. As per usual, the palace will also announce when the Duchess has gone into labour.
The official statement released by Meghan and Harry reads,
"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. 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."
As far as the location of the birth goes, the palace would not confirm any details. It's unknown whether Meghan will give birth at home, in the newly renovated Frogmore Cottage, or at a nearby cottage.
If the latter is the final decision, it's likely that the baby will be born at Princess Margaret Hospital, King Edward VII Hospital, or Frimley Park Hospital where Sophie, Countess of Wessex has previously given birth to two children.