The Subtle Way Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Made a Major Parenting Statement When They Introduced Baby Sussex

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle introduced their new son to the world on May 8, just two short days after the baby was born. The couple decided to introduce their baby on their own terms rather than follow the royal tradition of appearing outside the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital. But besides changing the place they introduced the baby, there was one major difference between the couple’s introduction and past royal introductions. And it made a big statement.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry introduced Baby Sussex to the world on May 8. | Dominic Lipinski – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Harry and Meghan recently welcomed a baby boy

The royal couple had been waiting for months, along with the rest of the world, to meet their new baby. But they kept plenty of the details under wraps throughout the pregnancy. The couple only revealed that Meghan was due in late April, but they never said the baby’s gender or any possible names. Meghan and Harry also never revealed where the baby would be born, but everyone suspected they would do things a bit differently when it came to the baby’s introduction. For a while, people suspected Meghan might even have a home birth.

The couple didn’t follow royal tradition with their introduction

Meghan and Harry definitely did things differently. Traditionally, the royal mother gives birth to her baby in the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s hospital, which has been the case for about 40 years. Then, the mother and father welcome the baby on the steps of the Lindo Wing, with the mother holding the child. Prince William and Kate Middleton, the future king and queen consort, introduced all three of their children in this way. Harry and Meghan, on the other hand, decided to wait two days before introducing their baby and then did so at Windsor Castle’s St. George’s Hall.  

Prince Harry held the baby — traditionally, the royal mother holds the child

While there were many things done differently, perhaps the biggest yet subtlest difference between Baby Sussex’s introduction and other royal introductions was the fact that Harry was holding the baby. Traditionally, the royal mother holds the baby when he or she is introduced, but Harry and Meghan made a clear statement about their parenting when Harry walked out with Baby Sussex in his arms. The couple silently told us that they were in this together, and despite Harry being a prominent royal, he would be there for his child and spend an equal time raising the baby as Meghan.

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Traditionally, the royal mother holds the baby when he or she is born. | Anwar Hussein/Getty Images

The couple has always been outspoken about gender equality

Meghan and Harry have been very passionate about several causes, but gender equality has always been something Meghan has championed for. Long before she met Harry, Meghan was making appearances to speak about equality for all women in the United States and around the world. And Harry appears to be on the same wavelength as Meghan when it comes to the cause. For years, mothers were looked at as the caretakers of the children, but the modern way of life is changing that. And when Harry walked out holding the baby (which, years ago, would have only been a mother’s job), it made a massive statement about his thoughts on equal parenting. The couple have not yet announced a name for their baby, but details will likely come out within the next day or two.