Meghan Markle broke a major royal baby tradition followed by Kate Middleton and Princess Diana

  • Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, has given birth to a baby boy.
  • Buckingham Palace recently announced the couple’s plans to skip the famous Lindo Wing photo op after the birth.
  • Instead, Meghan and Prince Harry will host a photo call with their new son at Windsor Castle in “a few days.”
  • The tradition of posing outside the exclusive maternity ward at St. Mary’s Hospital in London began with Princess Diana and Prince Charles after the birth of Prince William in 1982.
  • Richard Fitzwilliams, a royal commentator, told INSIDER that Meghan and Harry’s decision could be linked to “Harry’s fiercely protective instincts.”
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcomed their first child on Monday.

The baby boy was born on May 6 at 5.26 a.m., weigheing 7 pounds and 3 ounces, Buckingham Palace and the Sussex Royal Instagram page both confirmed.

Harry made a statement from Windsor Castle in Berkshire, England, to announce the birth of his new son, describing it as the most “amazing” experience. “We’re both absolutely thrilled and so grateful to all the love and support from everybody out there,” he said. “It’s been amazing.”

He added that the world can expect to see photographs of the baby in “two days” when a photo call will take place at Windsor Castle, though Buckingham Palace could not confirm the date or time, telling INISDER the event will take place in “a few days.”

The couple have not yet given a name, but that may also be revealed on Wednesday.

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There are now many traditions the couple will be expected to follow, from selecting a baby’s godparents to granting the young royal a title.

However, one tradition the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will not participate in is the famous Lindo Wing photo op.

The tradition of posing outside the exclusive maternity ward at St. Mary’s Hospital in London began with Princess Diana and Prince Charles after the births of Prince William and Harry in 1982 and 1984.

Princess Diana and Prince Charles with Prince William in 1982.

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Princess Diana and Prince Charles with Prince William in 1982.
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Prince William and Kate Middleton carried on this tradition, as the Duchess of Cambridge delivered all three of their children there.

However, as Buckingham Palace announced in April, Harry and Meghan planned to celebrate the birth of their child “privately.”

A statement from the palace said: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very grateful for the goodwill they have received from people throughout the United Kingdom and around the world as they prepare to welcome their baby.

“Their Royal Highnesses have taken a personal decision to keep the plans around the arrival of their baby private. The Duke and Duchess look forward to sharing the exciting news with everyone once they have had an opportunity to celebrate privately as a new family.”

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Richard Fitzwilliams, a royal commentator and former editor of the “International Who’s Who,” told INSIDER that the Lindo Wing tradition marked a “change to the pattern of royal parenting” when Diana started it.

“Royal births that attracted enormous attention became identified with the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s and began with the iconic poses when Charles and Diana and later William and Kate showed off their new babies to the world’s press,” he said.

“William was the first heir to the throne to be born in a hospital. This was symbolic of a move away from the tradition that royals were born in palaces and a change to the pattern of royal parenting which included taking William on Charles and Diana’s visit to the Antipodes when he was only 9 months old.”

He added: “It did become something of a circus.”

He said that while waiting for the birth of Prince George in 2013, the BBC presenter Simon McCoy became “well known for his acerbic take on whether the wait was actually news.”

“Every detail was picked over, especially most recently Kate’s immaculate grooming only seven hours after giving birth to Louis, which led to enormous amounts of comment,” he said.

While it has not yet been confirmed where Markle gave birth, it looks likely that reports claiming she was planning to have a home birth were true – and Fitzwilliams said that could have as much to do with Harry as it does with the duchess.

“Meghan’s return to the royal tradition of giving birth at home in so intimate a moment, as royal babies used to be born in palaces, also links with Harry’s fiercely protective instincts,” he said.

These “protective instincts” were made apparent even in the earlier days of Meghan and Harry’s relationship. When it was revealed in 2016 that the two were dating, Kensington Palace released a statement on behalf of the prince condemning the media’s “abuse and harassment” of Meghan.

In the statement, Harry said he was “worried about Ms. Markle’s safety” and “deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her.”

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Fitzwilliams said: “With Baby Sussex seventh in line to the throne, they can do it their way.”