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.
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.
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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