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Forget home birth

Forget home birth
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Having spent her share of time in Hollywood, Meghan Markle could be forgiven if she sometimes thinks about what it would be like to give birth at home or even in a bathtub. But it’s not happening.

Ironically, home birth was the way of the royals for far longer than it was the way of the general public, continuing all the way until the birth of Prince William in 1982 (Wills was the first royal heir to be born in a hospital).

However, ever since then, the protocol is to deliver at St. Mary’s Hospital, in the Lindo Wing.

No doubt this Ryoal will be delighted at the birth. After all, he has a soft spot for her.

Be prepared for baby's first photo op

Be prepared for baby's first photo op
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Even when Kate Middleton had wanted to give birth at home in the Palace, it was not to be. The reason? Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams told the Express that “the photos on the hospital steps of St Mary’s are a way of connecting with the public at large at a happy time.”

And even if a royal baby were born elsewhere (say, in the case of an emergency, as was the case with Sophie, Countess of Wessex, in 2003), “an immediate photocall would have to be arranged if paparazzi didn’t get a ‘traditional one.'”

Chances are Meghan won’t be taking any shots with her camera phone.

But first, tell the Queen

But first, tell the Queen
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When a royal baby is born, the Queen must be notified first and must learn all the details of the royal baby before any information goes public, according to the Express.

And please note: If the baby is born before 8 a.m., the Queen must not be woken.

“Babies be damned, the Queen needs her beauty sleep,” explains The List.

On April 21,2016, Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 90th birthday.

As the longest-reigning British monarch, mother of four, grandmother of eight and great-grandmother of five, her life has been devoted to service – and doing it with flair.

Royal birth announcements

Royal birth announcements
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When the royal baby is born, Meghan won’t be picking out baby announcements from the local Hallmark shop.

Rather, the baby’s arrival will be announced by a town crier, followed by a typewritten statement placed on an easel in front of Buckingham Palace.

As the BBC explains, the public announcement of a royal birth “involves lots of pomp and circumstance.”

This article first appeared on RD.com.

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