The 1 Birthday Tradition Meghan Markle Will Pass Down to Her Royal Baby

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are having a baby, and we’re already trying to figure out if we can snag an invite to the baby shower. In mid-Oct. 2018, Kensington Palace announced that a new royal baby was on its way. They revealed, “Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019.”

Now that Markle is about to be a royal mom there are certain traditions that she will have to adhere to. Even if the duchess and Prince Harry already know the gender of their unborn child, they aren’t allowed to share the news with the public until after the baby is born. From what we understand, it looks like Prince Harry is hoping for a little girl –hopefully one with curly ginger hair.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | Chris Jackson – Pool/Getty Images

Along with keeping their baby’s gender under wraps, Markle and Prince Harry also can’t announce the duchess’ exact due date, which is why the public was given a window of time instead of an exact date or month. Even when the baby is born, the royals won’t announce the little one’s name for a couple of days or weeks, so those who have already placed their naming bets will have to wait to see if they hit the nail on the head.

The Duchess of Sussex’s birthday tradition

Though she will be following certain royal baby rules, the Duchess of Sussex who has already broken several royal rules, will have her own traditions for her baby. One of those traditions is Markle’s birthday ritual, one that she began with her own mother, Doria Ragland. On her now-shuttered lifestyle blog Tig, Markle wrote, “‘My mum has always said that birthdays are your own personal New Year. Your own chance to make resolutions just for yourself and what you prognosticate for your year ahead.”

Meghan Markle and Doria Ragland

Meghan Markle and her mother, Doria Ragland | Steve Parsons-Pool/Getty Images

On her 35th birthday in 2016, shortly after she began dating Prince Harry, Markle wished for, “more surprises, more adventure, more opportunities to grow, more days filled with giggles and cheeky jokes, more delicious meals, and more inspiration. Always more inspiration.” We can safely say that we think all of Markle’s birthday wishes from 2016 through 2018 came true.

What a lovely custom to pass on to her unborn baby.

Another royal mother with her own traditions

Markle won’t be the first royal mom with her own traditions for her baby. The duchess’ late mother-in-law Princess Diana, raised her children her way. From Prince William and Prince Harry’s births, she was walking to the beat of her own drum. Before Princess Diana, royal mothers gave birth in the palace, but she was the first to give birth at St. Mary’s Hospital and Prince Charles was at her side the entire time.

Princess Diana, Prince Harry, Prince William, and Prince Charles

Princess Diana with Prince Harry, Prince William, and Prince Charles | Johnny Eggitt/AFP/Getty Images

Instead of cloth diapers, the princess used disposal pampers on her boys, and as they got older, she made sure her sons had as normal of a childhood as possible. She took them to McDonald’s, Disney World, shelters, and everything in between. We’re sure Markle will want her baby to have well-rounded life experiences as well.

We can’t wait to see how Markle will continue to break more royal traditions especially after her baby is born.

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