4 Royal Pregnancy & Birth Protocols You Didn’t Know About
If you haven’t heard of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor yet, you must know that he’s the newest royal baby, born just three days ago on the 6th of May. Riverdale fans are especially thrilled with his chosen name.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had opted out of the traditional royal baby debut and decided to introduce little Archie two days after his birth. At the royal unveiling of her newborn, Meghan Markle said:
“It’s magic, it’s pretty amazing. I have the two best guys in the world so I’m really happy.”
As exciting as royal births are for the whole world, have you ever wondered what are the rules that royal moms have to go? After all, they seem pretty poised and absolutely darling in public, there must be some regulations to adhere to. Some royal pregnancy and birth rules may seem pretty strange, but no-one questions the queen.
1. Pregnant royal moms must always keep their toes covered in public
No matter how swollen their feet get during pregnancy, royal moms-to-be must always totter around in close-toed heels. There are certain exceptions, like royal sporting events, where a heavily pregnant royal mom may choose to show her toes for a change. If you’re a pregnant princess, don’t you dare dream of wearing comfy sneakers or flats. Royal women are often seen wearing heels throughout the course of their pregnancy.
2. Royal moms don’t have baby showers
… but that didn’t stop Meghan Markle from having one and living her best life! However, baby showers are not exactly popular in England and having one would be seen as extravagant and highly inappropriate. Needless to say, Queen E. wasn’t pleased with Meghan’s baby shower, as a royal press spokesman had said, “It was a bit over the top in terms of expense and the way she got there.”
Prince Archie was born without much of a fanfare, though, so they’re probably all good.
3. There is a secret ~ royal birth team ~
Kind of like secret birth agents. Royal midwives are involved too, even with the presence of professional doctors, nurses and gynaecologists. Kate had three royal midwives assisting the birth of Princess Charlotte. Plus, the royal birth team is sworn to sobriety, as they’re obligated to abstain from alcohol (and travelling) when the royal mom enters her third trimester. The level commitment though.
4. Royal moms and babies must debut right after birth
Kate Middleton stepped out to debut her royal baby just hours after giving birth. This seems to be the tradition ever since the royal family started delivering their babies at the hospital (Queen Elizabeth I had all four of her children at Buckingham Palace). Speaking of which, the royal family’s favourite place to give birth is at the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital, in London. Princess Diana, Princess Anne and Sarah Ferguson also debuted post-delivery.
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Today The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are delighted to share their first public moment as a family. They are so incredibly grateful for the warm wishes and support they’ve received from everyone around the world, since welcoming their son two days ago. Photo cred: Chris Allerton ©️SussexRoyal
Meghan Markle chose to opt out of it though, so it looks like you can choose if you want to step out for a quick hello after giving birth, or a few days later. Instead, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex chose to debut baby Archie two days after his birth. Progressive. Also, it’s worth noting that Prince Harry was holding the newborn, a change from the previous royal baby photos where the wives would carry the baby. We are so amazed.
Meghan Markle seems to have challenged the status quo of royal births. If you could, would you marry into a royal family? What do you think of these rules? Let us know in the comments below!