“Their Royal Highnesses have taken the personal decisions to keep the plans around the arrival of their baby private,” read the statement.
The traditional royal photo opportunity and the immediate release of the baby’s details were to be canceled, which caused an uproar in the British media.
“Someone needs to explain to me how a statement announcing the baby’s name, weight and gender would invade their privacy or deny them precious family time,” said royal commentator Carole Malone of the couple’s decision.
“This is is an unprecedented slap in the face for those legions of decent, ordinary people who love the Royal Family and see the royal birth as a joyous, national celebration – a celebration they’ve now been shut out of.”
Did Meghan Markle already secretly give birth?
Because of this statement asking for privacy around the time of Meghan Markle’s labor, the closer we got to the duchess’s due date, rumors started to spring up that perhaps she had given birth in secret.
It’s not an entirely out-of-left-field theory as Meghan Markle is several days past her due date.
Additionally, the duchess hasn’t made a public appearance since March. However, disappearing from the public eye prior to giving birth has been a tradition for royal women throughout history.
“As far back as Tudor times, royal women disappeared from public view during the weeks preceding the arrival of the baby, so that they would be spared having to wear the corsets and restrictive clothing that women were expected to wear in public. Giving birth was long known by the euphemism of “confinement” and, fittingly, according to historian Carolyn Harris, author of Raising Royalty: 1000 Years of Royal Parenting, royal mothers would go into confinement about a month before actually giving birth,” reports Time.
Though Meghan Markle doesn’t have to worry about fitting into corsets anymore, she still may be adhering to the royal tradition.
Will we know when Meghan Markle gives birth?
Despite Meghan Markle being past her due date and her lack of recent public appearances, according to several royal reporters, the rumor is false.
Royal Correspondent Victoria Murphy wrote in April that it is “understood that it will be announced when the Duchess has gone into labor and there will another announcement at some stage following the birth.” So the public will supposedly be notified when Meghan Markle has gone into labor.
This week Royal Correspondent Rebecca English tweeted about the rumor that Meghan Markle has already given birth.
“#BabySussex isn’t secretly here, I’m assured,” she wrote.
Then on Thursday, she wrote that she’s sure the public will be notified when Meghan Markle goes into labor if at all possible.
“Am assured that if they are able to tell us she has gone into labour, then they will. I think the misunderstanding about how much is being kept private came as a result of the initial, slightly badly-worded, press release.”
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