Who Will Meet Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Baby First?

Upon their royal baby’s arrival, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle plan to fly under-the-radar and enjoy some alone times as a family of three. But while they don’t have plans to introduce Baby Sussex to the public right away, some members of their family will likely get some newborn snuggles in ahead of the royal birth announcement.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | John Phillips/Getty Images

Who is the first to meet a royal baby?

As members of the monarchy, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have a large family — all of which are probably eager to meet their newborn baby. But, who will meet the royal baby first?

According to royal family rules, it’s a tradition for the queen to be the first one notified of royal births. And, in many cases, she was the first to meet a royal baby. However, Queen Elizabeth has let up on this rule a bit, recognizing that she is now a great-grandparent and it’s only really necessary for Her Majesty to be there for significant births like that of her first grandchild, Peter Phillips and the future king, Prince William.

Judging by past births, Queen Elizabeth doesn’t follow a strict protocol when it comes to being the first to meet royal babies. If she did, she would have been the first to meet her great-grandson, Prince George, who is third in line to the British throne and set to become king one day. Instead of his Gan-Gan paying a visit to St. Mary’s Hospital on July 22, 2013, Prince George was first introduced to Kate Middleton’s parents, Michael and Carole Middleton.

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Just one week ago, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex asked that you kindly consider supporting various organisations around the world in lieu of sending gifts for the upcoming arrival of their first born. Not only did many of you lend your support, you took action. Their Royal Highnesses wanted you to know the impact of your support – the direct effect your donation, energy, and action made! YOU chose to be part of the collective good, and you have made a real difference. Whether a $5 donation, £1000 contribution, offering to volunteer, or spreading the word – you’ve played your part. And on behalf of The Duke and Duchess (and Baby Sussex), we thank you so much. YOUR IMPACT: @thelunchboxfund will now be able to provide a minimum of 100,000 additional hot nutritionally fortified meals to children in dire need across South Africa @littlevillagehq received donations from all over the world (from UAE to Hong Kong and the US), they’ve increased their monthly donors, had a surge in volunteer applications, and re-energized their hard working team of 200+ staff and volunteers @wellchild can now provide 300+ additional hours of specialist care by a Well Child Nurse for a child with serious health needs, allowing families to stay together at home vs in hospital @Baby2Baby have received over 5,000 products to disperse to children in need, including cribs, books, backpacks, diapers and have received monetary donations from around the globe – from Guadalajara to Italy. You made this happen. Thank you.

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Albeit a possibility, it’s unlikely that Queen Elizabeth would be the first to meet Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s baby. After all, the parents-to-be have very close relationships with Baby Sussex’s grandparents, Prince Charles, Camilla Parker Bowles, and Doria Ragland. Instead, Her Majesty will likely wait until the Duke and Duchess of Sussex make their way home from the hospital or birth center to meet her newest great-grandchild.

Will Meghan Markle’s mom be the first to meet the royal baby?

Based on Meghan Markle’s close relationship with her mother, we believe she could ask her mother to either be in the room during delivery or be the first relative to meet the royal baby. According to several reports, Doria Ragland will be in the United Kingdom for an extended stay to help her daughter and son-in-law settle into their new life as parents. This coupled with their relationship leads us to think she might be the first to snuggle Baby Sussex.

Additionally, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have a close relationship with Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles, who might also be present after birth. There’s a possibility that all three grandparents get to share their first meeting with the royal baby together.

Baby Sussex is Doria Ragland’s first grandbaby — making it an extra special time for the royal-in-law. Regardless of whether or not she meets Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s baby first, she will certainly get a chance to bond with her grandchild ahead of the birth announcement.

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