The birth of the first child for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is likely just weeks away — but it may be some time before the public actually gets to see the royal baby.
Unlike Prince William and Kate Middleton, the expectant parents have decided to break with royal tradition.
Harry and Markle won’t publicly announce the birth of their child or pose in front of St. Mary’s Hospital in London with their newborn, a break with traditional protocol for the royal family.
Entertainment Tonight reports that Kensington Palace revealed the decision in a statement on Thursday:
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 statement said that the royal couple will share the birth announcement once they’ve had time to enjoy the moment privately:
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.
Their decision means that the public will have to wait to catch a glimpse of the new prince or princess.
Kate and William immediately showed off Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis outside the hospital shortly after birth.
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their son have traveled home to Kensington Palace today. Their Royal Highnesses would like to thank all staff at the hospital for the care and treatment they have received.
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The traditional protocol was viewed as outdated by some, as the mother is likely still recovering from childbirth as she poses for pictures.
However, Harry and Markle have not disclosed their reasoning for skipping out of the tradition.
Markle’s due date is estimated to be in late April to early May, but the couple has not confirmed when they’re expecting their first little one.