The Surprising Reason Meghan Markle ‘Feels Sorry’ for Kate Middleton

Royal baby watchers might have been disappointed to learn of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s desire to keep the details of their first child’s birth private, but the request is understandable. Still, many fans find that the couple snubbing the notion of the traditional first baby photo taken on the steps of the hospital is quite upsetting.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ask for privacy

Given that the media puts the royals under a microscope regularly, it’s understandable that Prince Harry and Markle don’t want any intrusion on a special day like the birth of their first child.

Prince Harry and Markle made their wishes well known when Buckingham Palace released a statement on the matter, noting:

“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very grateful for the goodwill they have received from people throughout the United Kingdom and around the world as they prepare to welcome their baby. Their Royal Highnesses have taken a personal decision to keep the plans around the arrival of their baby private. The Duke and Duchess look forward to sharing the exciting news with everyone once they have had an opportunity to celebrate privately as a new family.”

Markle reportedly ‘feels sorry’ that Kate Middleton had to pose after childbirth

The notion of being glammed up post-baby delivery to have a photo snapped on the steps of the hospital is definitely jarring, but it’s a royal tradition that we’ve become accustomed to, as Princess Diana and Kate Middleton both did it with their children.

We’re in the age of social media now, so perhaps this tradition is wholly unnecessary. Prince Harry and Markle can announce their happy baby news on their own time and share the first photos of their child on their official Instagram account.

According to a report, Markle really feels the whole traditional photo to be unnatural, with a friend of the duchess telling The Post that Markle “felt sorry” for Kate Middleton going through with the photo, requiring to be made up just hours after giving birth.

Prince Harry and Markle have been criticized for wanting privacy

As this is not how things are traditionally done, of course, Prince Harry and Markle’s statement about privacy has gotten plenty of criticism.

Duncan Larcombe, former royal editor at The Sun, told The Post: “They’re basically conducting the birth in virtual secrecy. I think it’s a bit foolish.” He added: “Harry absolutely hates being the subject of speculation, and this just shows his petulance to the media… it’s just a shame.”

Those who know Markle believe that she is looking for an experience that her mom, Doria Ragland, would approve of, with a family friend telling The Post: “Meghan and Doria are like two peas in a pod. Both perfectionists, both can be controlling, but they know their own minds for sure! They just like things the way they like them. Everyone in the family says that when they’re together, Harry — who is extremely fond of Doria — will have to take a back seat. He won’t be able to get a word in edgewise.”