As the world awaits news of Baby Sussex’s arrival, it seems with each passing day we learn that yet another royal convention is being bypassed.
Modern Royal family enthusiasts have experienced three standard births from Kate and William, so maybe it IS time for a change. But whether the public likes it or not, Meghan and Harry are forging their own unique pathway to parenthood.
Here’s a look at all the ways they’ve stayed true to their own ideals and graciously side-stepped tradition.
Very modern couple Prince Harry and Meghan have decided to side-step a few Royal traditions when it comes to the birth of, and raising, their baby.
Meghan had a baby shower
New babies are always a cause for celebration, but not in the fancy party sense if you happen to be a member of the Royal family. That’s right—hosting a baby shower to give the parents-to-be gifts at all price points is actually a shunned practice.
One royal expert said in a 2013 ABC News report that a baby shower would be seen as ‘highly inappropriate’ because of their wealth.
Marching to the beat of her own drum though, Meghan enjoyed a lavish New York City celebration at The Mark Hotel in February. Fellow rule-breaking attendees included Meghan’s BFFs tennis star Serena Williams, actress Abigail Spencer, and human rights lawyer Amal Clooney.
Pregnant Royals should not travel abroad
The Duchess of Sussex gave her passport a lot of usage with several overseas trips throughout her pregnancy, despite the fact Royals are strictly advised against traveling while expecting.
Meghan Markle dressed her bump up in a bright red dress during a trip to Morocco.
Meghan broke the rules several times by jetting off to Morocco, where she and Harry spent time building on the close relationship between the country and the U.K., as well as ‘highlighting the vital roles that girls’ education and youth empowerment are playing in, and shaping, modern Morocco’, according to a Royal spokesperson.
Harry and Meghan also visited New Zealand during a Royal tour that also included Australia, Fiji and Tonga in October, the same month they announced their pregnancy.
And of course, the Duchess of Sussex flew to New York for her baby shower.
No immediate public announcements of the birth
In what is probably the biggest stray from tradition, no one will actually know when the baby is born. The couple released a statement saying they want to settle in together and celebrate as a family first.
Following the birth of a royal baby, an announcement of the delivery time and the condition of the mother and baby is placed on an easel outside of Buckingham Palace.
Historically, the birth announcement is written by the doctor immediately after the birth and sent in a car to Buckingham Palace to be displayed on an easel for the public. It is not believed this will happen this year, since Meghan is thought to have enlisted the services of a doula to deliver her baby.
It is also highly likely the modern couple will announce the birth on their newly-formed Instagram page.
A return to tradition with a home-birth
Meghan is actually bringing this birthing tradition back as, historically, all Royal babies were born at home. Princess Diana and Kate Middleton bucked this tradition by giving birth at St Mary’s Lindo Wing.
Following in the foot steps of Princess Diana, Kate Middleton delivered all three of her babies at St Mary’s Lindo Wing.
But according to reports, the Duchess of Sussex wants to have a water birth experience at home in Frogmore Cottage in Windsor Castle — barring unforeseen complications that could send her to one of the local hospitals.
No paparazzi photo on the steps of the hospital
Just like Princess Diana, Kate Middleton has slid into her pumps and stylish post-partum dress, and exited the Lindo Wing sporting freshly blow dried hair with the new baby in tow to greet the public — and hundreds of waiting paparazzi.
Prince Harry and Meghan will not be doing this and are instead opting to stage a photoshoot at their leisure days later in the private quarters of their Windsor Castle home.
Baby Sussex will be a proud feminist
On an International Women’s Day panel in March, Meghan Markle spoke about her baby and how she wishes he or she were to become a feminist.
Meghan has made it very clear that she intends to educate her child about the plight that women and girls endure around the round.
During an International Women’s Day panel in March, she told the audience that she felt ‘the embryonic kicking of feminism’ — a line she picked up from a Netflix documentary. ‘I loved that, so boy or girl, or whatever it is, we hope that’s the case.’
Baby Sussex will have dual citizenship
Thanks to Mama Markle being born in the United States, the new baby will have dual citizenship status.
As a somewhat downside to this, they’ll also be liable to pay US taxes—at least for now. Meghan is expected to apply to become a UK citizen, which would drop off her US tax liability, but that could take a while, according to the BBC.
The Royal couple will not hire a nanny when the baby is born
Kate Middleton has handled motherhood with the help of her nanny Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo.
According to Vanity Fair, Meghan and Harry aren’t interested in hiring a nanny. Instead, the couple will reportedly turn to Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, whenever they need help warming bottles or changing nappies.
The Los Angeles native will fly to the UK to support Meghan soon after she gives birth. Harry and Meghan even have a room for Doria set up at Frogmore Cottage. Though they may hire a nanny or nurse sometime in the future, there are no immediate plans yet.
Prince William and Kate are often seen with their nanny Maria Borrallo in tow as she has worked for the couple since Prince George was born.