The Real Reason Meghan Markle Won’t Have a Baby Shower

One of the most beloved traditions for any expectant new mother is the baby shower. It’s the perfect time for friends and family to gather, eat, socialize, and get excited about the sweet impending arrival. And then there are all the gifts, of course. Baby showers help new parents prepare for the massive responsibility of parenthood by equipping them with all the essentials.

But royal sources reveal that unlike so many other expectant parents, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are not planning to have a baby shower. Here’s why they’re skipping this popular rite of passage.

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Baby showers aren’t as popular in British culture

Americans may think that baby showers are universal, but it turns out they’re not. The typical baby shower tradition with tons of pink and blue gifts, party games like “Guess How Big the Belly Is,” and candy-filled baby bottles as favors doesn’t exactly translate across the pond. Baby showers are becoming more popular in England, but they aren’t nearly as common.

If Meghan Markle had stayed stateside, a baby shower might be more appropriate. But now she’s married to a prince and is officially becoming a British citizen. She’s embracing a new way of living – and that may not include having a baby shower.

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge did not have a baby shower for any of her three children.

A baby shower could be considered rude

One of the biggest reasons for baby showers is to help new parents with the expense of all the stuff they need for a new baby. But for millionaires Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, the move could be viewed as crass. After all, they can afford to buy whatever they want for their little bundle of joy.

As ABC News’ royal expert Victoria Aribiter explains, “They have added pressure that they’re clearly very wealthy and a lavish baby shower would be seen as highly inappropriate. There’s nothing they can’t go out and buy themselves.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

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Then there’s that whole issue of whether British royals are allowed to keep the gifts they’re given. Usually, royals must respectfully return presents or donate them to charity. The same most likely holds true for baby gifts.

However, there is one exception to this rule. If friends and family bring gifts for the baby after he or she is born, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan will probably be able to keep them.

Meghan Markle could have a baby shower on her own terms

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Even though a traditional baby shower is unlikely, there’s a small chance that she might have her own version of a shower prior to the new baby’s arrival. After all, this type of gathering is a great excuse to see friends and catch up before becoming a new mom.

But if the Duchess of Sussex does have a sort of baby shower, it’s almost certainly not going to be traditional. It’ll be relaxed and laid-back just like her bridal shower was and won’t be publicized or photographed. Obviously, there won’t be a registry or any expected gifts.

But just because she’s most likely not having a baby shower, it doesn’t mean she’s not excited. Meghan Markle is preparing for the new baby in all kinds of ways, like decorating the new nursery and brainstorming baby names. It’ll be spring soon enough!