Here’s How Harry and Meghan’s First Royal Baby Photos Compare to William and Kate’s

They’re married to brothers who happen to be British royalty. That’s part of what makes comparisons between Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle inevitable. It may seem unfair to constantly pit the two women against each other—especially since they’re so different. But that’s just the nature of living in the public spotlight.

The latest examples of contrasting approaches come from the very different ways Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle chose to introduce their newborn children to the world. Of course, there is no right or wrong way. But still, it’s interesting to see how uniquely these royal wives did things.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | Dominic Lipinski – WPA Pool/Getty Images

The Duchess of Sussex waited longer to make the announcement

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle warned the press ahead of time: everyone would have to wait for photos and details on the birth of their baby until they had a chance to bond together as a family. The announcement was met with a lot of surprise—after all, Kate Middleton had followed the tradition of getting her photo snapped while standing on the steps of St. Mary’s Hospital Lindo Wing, just like Princess Diana had more than 30 years before with her boys.

Prince William and Kate Middleton
Prince William and Kate Middleton | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

But Meghan Markle made it clear that the photo would have to wait. When the Duchess of Sussex’s suspected due date grew closer, conspiracy theorists started throwing around wild accusations that the baby was born in secret already. However, those rumors were all laid to rest when little Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor made his debut on May 6, 2019.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their sons birth a few hours after it happened. They did a photo call and announced the name just two days later, on May 8. But that’s drastically different than how Prince William and Kate Middleton handled things. They took their babies’ first photos a couple of hours after the births occurred.

The couple used social media to spread the word

It was a big deal when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle broke away from the royal family account to create their own Instagram handle, @sussexroyal. The account broke previous records when they accumulated millions of followers in a matter of days. Royal fans assumed they’d use the account to update the world on their baby—and they were not disappointed.

Prince Harry spoke with reporters about the birth of his son. But that wasn’t the only means of spreading the good news. He and Meghan Markle also posted the announcement on Instagram and also shared the baby’s first photos and name announcement there.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge did not rely on social media as their main method of communication for the births of their children in 2013, 2015, and 2018.

Prince Harry was holding the baby

Feminists everywhere let out a cheer when Prince Harry appeared holding the baby for his first photo shoot. The unique configuration sent a clear message to the world about equality and the role of fathers in child-raising. Without saying a word, the couple conveyed Prince Harry’s commitment to his family.

This is different than any royal baby photo that came before, which all featured the mother holding the baby instead. Including Kate Middleton.

Meghan Markle embraced her postpartum body

The Duchess of Sussex looked absolutely radiant and fully overjoyed by her family during the photoshoot. And the other thing about it? She seemed to be celebrating the fact that she still had a baby bump rather than trying to conceal it.

While Kate Middleton opted for more loose-fitting Jenny Packham dresses for her three royal baby announcements, Meghan Markle wore a form-hugging white dress with a belt a the waistline that showed off her physique.

There is no right or wrong way to do a royal baby announcement. But the vastly different methods prove once again just how different Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle really are.