Will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Break This Royal Tradition When Baby Sussex Is Born?

There have been many rumors about the ways Prince Harry and Meghan Markle might break some royal traditions when their baby is born, with a new report suggesting why some of the rituals aren’t for them. Will they break a four-decades-long tradition for their baby’s birth?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Commonwealth Day 2019
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry | Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images

Markle might snub four decades of tradition for this surprising reason

There have been various reports about whether Markle and Prince Harry will hav their baby at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital, with a source telling The Sun that they will instead use a maternity unit closer to their Windsor home.

If true, it’s a surprising departure from a tradition that’s spanned four decades, with Kate Middleton and Prince William welcoming all of their children at the Lindo Wing and then posing on the steps with their babies. Princess Diana also gave birth to William and Harry in the Lindo Wing.

According to the insider, Markle and Prince Harry’s “child will not be born at the Lindo,” adding, “The talk of all the senior clinicians there is that Meghan doesn’t want to copy what Kate did.”

Is Markle worried about the delivery?

The couple reportedly hopes to maintain whatever privacy they can, though that’s no easy task. The source noted: “Harry and Meghan realize there is intense public interest but this baby is not a direct heir to the throne and they want the birth to be as private as possible.”

Further, the source shared that “Meghan is nervous about complications such as an emergency Caesarean and doesn’t want the pressure of having to look immaculate on the hospital steps just hours later. Like any anxious first-time mum, she’s worried about the birth itself.”

Markle’s worries, according to the source, come from being “considered a slightly older mum — which sometimes can lead to some complications.”

Will Meghan Markle and Prince Harry try to keep the birth more private?

Of course, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle baby watch is in full swing while fans of the Royals eagerly anticipate Baby Sussex’s arrival. This kind of attention is part of the reason why the couple might want to opt for a more private experience.

The source noted: “Meghan also has the added stress of the world’s attention on her — everyone wants to catch the first glimpse of the new royal addition. She and Harry have decided that rather than go somewhere as public as the Lindo they will allow Meghan to recover somewhere more private.”

As for posing on the steps of the hospital as has traditionaly done with royal newborns, Markle wants to keep things a bit more low-key.

According to the source, Markle “just wants a normal, natural birth and to bond with her baby, without being primped and blow-dried to within an inch of her life just for the pictures.”

With the baby due in late April or early May, royal baby watchers will soon find out where Markle will give birth and if the couple chooses to break the royal traditions. The Telegraph recently reported that the staff at the Lindo Wing were told “not to take holiday in April,” with a source explaining, “Everyone thinks it’s got something to do with the royal baby, but no one is confirming anything.”