Harry and Meghan to keep birth of their baby private

Prince William and Kate Middleton introduce Prince Louis in 2018

Prince William and Kate Middleton introduce Prince Louis in 2018

A source quoted by The Sun said the couple wanted a "more private" setting.

In this episode of our podcast The Royal Rota: On the day the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced they will keep any news around the imminent arrival of their baby private, Chris is joined by ITV News Royal Producer Lizzie Robinson and The Sunday Times Royal Correspondent Roya Nikkhah to discuss Harry and Meghan's decision and how their approach differs from other senior royals.

Speaking in a preview of TLC documentary Meghan and Harry: A Royal Baby Story, royal biographer Duncan Larcombe says the chances of Thomas Markle meeting his grandson or granddaughter are slim after what has been a rocky year for him and daughter Meghan. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are breaking royal rules with their baby's birth. They have just moved out of Kensington Palace into recently renovated Frogmore Cottage in Windsor.

"Their Royal Highnesses have taken a personal decision to keep the plans around the arrival of their baby private". Beginning the next day, on 20 March, Meghan is known to have gone on her maternity leave, which means that almost a month had passed before the Palace statement arrived.

Meghan and Harry may opt to release more photos on their Instagram page in the baby's first weeks. The Mail on Sunday reported that Meghan had already broken with royal tradition by appointing her own delivery team without "the men in suits", a reference to gynaecologists working in the Royal Household.

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Parenting coach Sue Atkins believes the couple's work around mental health will help when it comes to raising their baby.

Thomas Jr, shares the same father as Meghan and Samantha Markle - who he says changed her name from Yvonne Grant - he recalled how he lived with Samantha, their father and Doria Ragland for "three to four" years after Meghan was born.

"I get that she doesn't want to come on the hospital steps with the newborn baby and that she wants a home birth, but if you're going to have a baby at home, what difference does it make if you just tell people that you've had the baby?"

"The birth of Baby Sussex will be a global event".

In Prince William's family, Kate Middleton's latest pregnancy with Prince Louis, for instance, spanned exactly a month after she temporarily suspended her royal duties, which may hint at Meghan's due date - around 20 April.

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