- The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting a baby in April.
- Prince Harry and Meghan Markle recently announced that they would not be posing for photos outside the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital after the birth.
- A pair of royal lookalikes decided to give the public the traditional photo-op they wanted – but some fans actually mistook them for the real thing.
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The Duchess of Sussex is due to give birth in April.
Despite Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announcing that they would not be following in Kate Middleton and Princess Diana’s footsteps by posing outside the exclusive Lindo Wing after the birth, a pair of royal lookalikes managed to convince some fans otherwise.
In a statement released by Buckingham Palace on Thursday, it was revealed the couple plan to “celebrate privately as a new family” before releasing any baby photos to the public.
This was seen as a major step back from a tradition which started with Princess Diana after the birth of both Prince William and Harry.
However, a pair of sneaky Harry and Meghan dopplegangers decided to take matters into their own hands and give the public the photo shoot they wanted.
Toy company Zapf Creation – the company behind Baby Born and Baby Annabell dolls – set up the photoshoot, with “Harry and Meghan” posing alongside a doll at a location made to replicate the famous hospital steps.
A spokesperson for Zapf Creation told INSIDER that the lookalikes even managed to fool some royal fans.
They said: “During the shoot, onlookers stopped and took photos of the couple as they posed with their baby and one or two even thought they were the real deal!”
It’s not the first time the lookalikes have managed to fool fans.
The pair were previously photographed shopping for baby toys at Smyths Toy Superstores as part of an elaborate April Fools Day prank earlier this month.
There has been major speculation as to where Meghan Markle will give birth, now that the Lindo Wing has been ruled out.
Many believe that the duchess could opt for a home delivery at Frogmore Cottage, the residence she shares with Prince Harry.
An American friend of Markle’s reportedly told Daily Mail royal correspondent Rebecca English that a home birth would be the duchess’s “favoured choice.”
However, royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams previously told INSIDER that Markle would be marking a return to tradition if she chooses to give birth at home.
“If she chooses to give birth at home, Meghan would be following royal tradition, not breaking it,” he explained.
“Monarchs such as Queen Victoria and Edward V11 were born in palaces, George V at Marlborough House, Edward V111 at White Lodge, Richmond and George V1 on the Sandringham Estate and the Queen, when Princess Elizabeth, was born in her maternal grandparents’ Bruton Street home – though she was not, of course, expected to succeed to the throne.”
He added: “Since the new arrival is seventh in line to the throne, Harry and Meghan have the choice of more privacy and if they choose to exercise it, it would mean returning to previous royal traditions.”
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