Royal Pregnancy Rules Meghan Markle Must Follow

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are pregnant with their first royal baby, due in spring 2019. And while much of the world is celebrating the news with them, we can’t help but wonder what a royal pregnancy looks like. Unfortunately for Meghan, it’s vastly different from what she probably imagined — thanks to royal pregnancy rules.

Up ahead, we take a closer look at some of the royal pregnancy rules the Duchess of Sussex will have to follow.

Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle must follow the royal pregnancy rules. | Jeff Spicer/Getty Images

She has a ‘maternity team’

Most pregnant women have a doctor that they see for check-ups during pregnancy. However, things are a bit different for Meghan Markle. According to some reports, the Duchess of Sussex will likely have a maternity team similar to her sister-in-law, Kate Middleton.

The team consists of three anesthesiologists, four surgical staff members, three midwives, two special care staffers, one lab technician, four pediatricians, and between three and four managers. During her pregnancy, they meet once a month to discuss any changes. They are also on call for the last three months of her pregnancy and are not allowed to drink alcohol for the duration of the on call.

No baby showers

When Meghan Markle thought about her first pregnancy, she likely imagined having a baby shower. However, now that she is a royal, she probably won’t get one. The royal family believes baby showers are inappropriate. After all, she and Harry have enough money to cover the costs of strollers, monitors, onesies, and other baby registry items.

She can’t travel overseas

In the royal family, pregnant women are not allowed to travel overseas. That said, Meghan Markle’s pregnancy was announced on the first day of her royal tour to Australia. While it is the queen likely made an exception for this trip, there’s a chance we won’t see Meghan Markle leave the United Kingdom again until after the royal baby is born.

She can’t release the baby’s gender

According to tradition, most royals don’t find out their baby’s gender ahead of time. However, even if Meghan Markle and Prince Harry broke tradition, they can’t share it with the public until after the birth.

Maternity leave is a must

The last thing the queen wants is a new royal mother to be overworked. Therefore, she insists on maternity leave and paternity leave for all royal parents. Meghan Markle will likely go on maternity leave shortly before her due date and Prince Harry will also take off work to help in the first few weeks of his baby’s life.

She must run her baby’s name by the queen

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle might agree on a royal baby name, but the queen still has to approve it (to some degree). While it’s not a set-in-stone rule, the queen’s opinion on royal baby names is important and taken very seriously in the family.

Royal babies have multiple middle names

Speaking of royal baby names, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s baby will likely have more than one middle name. Most royals have two to three (or more!) family names.

The queen must know about a royal birth first

Meghan Markle might have a close relationship with her mom, but she won’t be the first to find out about the birth. According to royal family rules, the queen must be notified first before anyone else.

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