Here’s Why Meghan Markle is Having a Baby Shower — But Kate Middleton Didn’t

Baby fever continues among royal watchers as rumors swirl that Kate Middleton will throw Meghan Markle’s baby shower early next year. While it may seem totally commonplace for the new royal to have such an event thrown for her, it’s actually a bit of a luxury. In fact, it’s a luxury the Duchess of Cambridge didn’t have herself.

That’s right — Kate didn’t have a baby shower for any of her three children. Here’s why she didn’t, and how she’s breaking tradition by throwing one for Meghan.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge departs the Lindo Wing with her newborn son Prince Louis of Cambridge at St Mary's Hospital on April 23, 2018 in London, England

Kate Middleton and Prince Louis | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

For starters: This isn’t just a royal family thing

It isn’t just the royal family who don’t partake in the tradition of throwing a baby shower. As it turns out, baby showers are much more of an event in the U.S. than it is in the U.K.

“In the past, British women waited until they had their babies before friends and relatives dropped over with gifts to meet the little one,” one writer for Babble explains. The article goes on to explain that while baby showers have become more common across the pond, the gift-giving practice still turns many Brits off by the idea.

As for the royal family …

There are many rules royals have to follow when a baby is on the way. And not having a baby shower is one of them. As one royal expert explains, a royal having a baby shower is typically seen as tasteless because of how wealthy the family is.

“A lavish baby shower would be seen as highly inappropriate,” she says. “There’s nothing they can’t go out and buy themselves.”

That being said, it’s still a bit surprising that Kate Middleton — who has built a reputation for being a royal rule-breaker — followed this tradition and didn’t have a shower for any of her three children. There were¬†rumors back in 2013 that her sister, Pippa, was throwing a baby shower before Prince George’s arrival. But those claims have since been proven to be false.

 

Pippa Middleton and Kate Middleton

Pippa Middleton and Kate Middleton | Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

What did Kate have to do in order to throw Meghan a baby shower?

Not surprisingly, the Duchess of Cambridge went and got Queen Elizabeth’s blessing before she started planning the Duchess of Sussex a baby shower.

“It doesn’t break any royal tradition and the Queen’s permission is definitely not needed,” Harper’s Bazaar claims. Since critics were quick to jump on Kate when she wanted her own baby shower, she likely floated the idea by the queen just to be on the safe side.

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