The Royal Traditions Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Skipped with Baby Archie’s Birth

Now that Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, has given birth to Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, and she and Prince Harry have had time to settle in with their new baby, we’re unpacking all the royal traditions they skipped.

Markle likely didn’t give birth at St. Mary’s Hospital

St. Mary’s Hospital in London is the hospital of choice for royals to give birth. Princess Diana gave birth to Prince William and Prince Harry at the London hospital. Kate Middleton did the same with all three of her and Prince William’s.

While the details about where exactly Markle gave birth to baby Archie are still under wraps, it’s been reported that Markle likely gave birth at Portland Hospital where Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice were born. Markle supposedly went to the hospital in secret with Prince Harry and her mother, Doria Ragland, by her side.

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and baby Archie.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pose with their newborn son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor during a photocall in St George’s Hall at Windsor Castle on May 8, 2019, in Windsor, England. | Dominic Lipinski – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Rebecca English, a correspondent for the Daily Mail, explained that senior royals were unaware Markle headed to the hospital. No one knew about the secret trip to the hospital until the Duchess of Sussex already arrived.

Throughout Markle’s pregnancy, royal experts and royal watchers alike suspected that the duchess could give birth at home. A fan of holistic living, Markle supposedly worked with a doula, someone who supports the mother throughout her pregnancy. Home birth would also ensure Markle and Prince Harry’s privacy, something that’s a top priority for the couple.

No photos on the steps on Lindo Wing

Because Markle didn’t give birth to Archie at St. Mary’s Hospital, logistically speaking, taking the traditional photo on the steps on the maternity ward, the Lindo Wing, wouldn’t work.

Princess Diana and Prince Charles took pictures holding their sons shortly after their births, which started a royal tradition. Middleton and Prince William followed in their footsteps with their kids.

But not Prince Harry and Markle.

Introduced Archie on their own terms

Prince Harry announced the birth to reporters with a massive smile on Mon., May 6, 2019. He shared with the press that he and Markle would present their newborn to the public two days later.

“Mother and baby are doing incredibly well. It’s been the most amazing experience I could ever have possibly imagined,” Prince Harry told the press.

Sure enough, two days later, Prince Harry and Markle introduced baby Archie to the world during a photocall at Windsor Castle.

Prince Harry held Archie in his arms, a quiet nod to the couple who don’t follow tradition. After all, who says mothers have to hold newborns in photocalls?

Markle wore a white trench coat dress (a style that may be becoming her signature) while Prince Harry wore a gray suit. Baby Archie snoozed throughout the entire photocall wrapped up in a cashmere outfit, blanket, and hat.

Prince Harry adorably picked a piece of lint off of his son’s hat while the new family stood in front of a small group of cameras. “It’s pretty amazing,” Markle said. “I mean, I have the two best guys in the world, so I’m really happy.” She added that Archie has “the sweetest temperament” and is “really calm.”