Ever since Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle officially tied the knot, many have been wondering whether the newlyweds will be extending their family.
And while Prince Harry had revealed last year that they would like children “in the near future”, if 36-year-old Meghan does get pregnant, there are certain pregnancy rules and traditions she’d be expected to follow.
Travelling abroad is frowned at.
Unlike many other royal women, American-born Meghan might be more affected by this “rule” – especially if she wants to travel across the pond.
According to reports, pregnant royals are discouraged from traveling abroad too much- and it’s all for safety measures.
While royal women usually conduct engagements up until the end of their pregnancy (they usually don’t have an official “maternity leave” until after the baby is born) they’re encouraged to stay as close to home as possible so emergency help can be easily accessible to them.
Kate Middleton, however, did travel to Norway while pregnant with her third child, Prince Louis earlier this year – but she’s said to have kept other trips at a minimum.
Royal mums-to-be don’t have baby showers
Should Harry and Meghan decide to have children, the Duchess of Sussex will probably have to give the pre-birth party a miss – and it’s all to do with royal tradition.
According to royal expert Victoria Arbiter, throwing an elaborate baby shower is unheard of for members of The Royal Family.
While the royals are “very wealthy… a lavish baby shower would be seen as highly inappropriate… There’s nothing they can’t go out and buy themselves”.
Despite reports that Pippa Middleton threw a party for Kate before Prince George‘s birth in 2013, many royal experts believe this wasn’t the case.
You won’t believe how many midwives are involved
Traditionally, royal moms-to-be would give birth at home. But this tradition was quashed by Princess Anne and followed by Princess Diana, who gave birth to Prince William in the private Lindo wing of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London.
And while this has now become a tradition – with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis all being born at St Mary’s too, there’s still an army of doctors, midwives and anesthetists on hand.
In fact, Kate had three midwives during Princess Charlotte’s birth – and it’s expected Meghan will be given the same expert treatment.
Once the baby is born, the Queen must be the first to find out
If Meghan and Harry do decide to start a family, the first person to be informed of a new royal birth has to be Her Majesty.
Royal protocol dictates the Queen must be in the know before anyone else – including grandparents.
So while Meghan might be keen to make a trans-Atlantic phone call, Prince Harry will probably have to follow in his brother’s footsteps and inform the Queen via encrypted telephone first.
The baby is usually given three to four names
If you’ve ever struggled to think of one baby name, spare a thought for Meghan and Harry, who’ll probably have to think of four.
Royals typically have four names. For instance, Prince Harry has four: Henry Charles Albert David while Kate and Williams’s children have three: Prince George Alexander Louis, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana and Prince Louis Arthur Charles.
Source: TheSun UK