Meghan will give birth to her first child this spring, but what weird baby rules does she have to follow?
The royal baby will be seventh in line to the throne when the baby is born in a few months. The couple announced they are expecting their first child as when they were down under in Australia for their first overseas tour, but what five weird rules do they have to follow after the birth.
Keeping its gender a secret
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will choose to keep the gender of their baby a complete secret. The couple will find out the gender of their baby the day that it’s going to be born. Meghan confirmed to members of the crowds at Birkenhead that she does not know the gender of her baby.
The Queen must know about the birth first
The Queen will be the first to know about the birth of the baby. William said he called her to inform her of the birth of his children on an encrypted phone. Then the royal couple’s staff informed other high-profile individuals, like the prime minister.
No baby shower
A baby shower does not go against royal protocol but it’s highly unlikely Meghan will have one. Royal expert Victoria Arbiter said: “They have added pressure that they’re clearly very wealthy and a lavish baby shower would be seen as highly appropriate. There’s nothing they can’t go out and buy themselves.”
The baby will be wrapped in a knitted blanket
It’s likely Harry and Meghan’s baby will be wrapped in a knit blanket made in Nottingham. Prince Louis was the latest royal baby to be wrapped in such blanket which is made by G.H Hurt & Son wrapped in the Nottingham Lace Knitted Baby Shawl. Last April, after Louis was born, the company said: “We feel honoured that William and Kate have again chosen our beautiful merino wool lacy knit baby shawls, knitted here in Nottingham, and in doing so have continued a tradition for the next generation of Royals.”
Naming the baby after royals
Members of the royal family typically have named their children after royals, with traditional names. William and Kate chose very royal names and Meghan and Harry are likely to follow suit as well. George Alexander Louis’ first name was a tribute to Queen Elizabeth’s II father and grandfather.