- Prince Harry and Meghan Markle welcomed their first child on Monday.
- As with any royal baby, there are various traditions that we can expect to see unfold.
- However, there are other traditions that won’t apply to Baby Sussex.
- Westminster Abbey’s bells ring to celebrate the births and birthdays of many royal family members.
- While they rang to celebrate the birth of Prince Louis last year, they did not ring to commemorate Meghan and Harry’s son on Monday.
- It appears that the bells ring to celebrate only the monarch, the direct heirs to the throne, and their partners.
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Westminster Abbey’s bells rang to celebrate the births of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s children: Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and, last year, Prince Louis. However, they didn’t ring to celebrate the birth of Baby Sussex – and there’s a reason why.
The Abbey bells are ringing out to celebrate the first birthday of HRH Prince Louis of Cambridge.
— Westminster Abbey (@wabbey) April 23, 2019
As shown in the calendar of bell-ringing days on Westminster Abbey’s website, the bells ring for some royal family members’ birthdays but not others.
The bells will ring for William’s birthday on June 21 and George’s birthday on July 22, but not for Harry’s birthday on September 15.
It appears the bells ring to celebrate only the monarch, the direct heirs to the throne, and their partners. While the bells ring for the birthdays of the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Camilla, William, and his children, Harry and Meghan do not get the honour.
This explains why their son, who was born at 5:26 a.m. on Monday, also wasn’t honored.
This is certainly not the first fan-loved tradition that Baby Sussex has been left out of.
The Royal Collection Trust previously confirmed to INSIDER that there would be no new merchandise released to celebrate the birth, though new product lines were released for all of William and Kate’s children.
Grant Harrold, an etiquette expert and former royal butler, told INSIDER that Meghan and Harry may have made the decision intentionally to keep the birth “low profile.”
The duke and duchess previously announced plans to keep the details surrounding the birth secret until they have had time to “celebrate privately as a new family.”
They are expected to host a photo call at Windsor Castle on Wednesday, but it seems there are no other plans to celebrate publicly.
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