- Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expecting their first child any day now.
- The couple earlier this month announced plans to forgo the classic Lindo Wing photo-op.
- Now it has been confirmed that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will break another fan-loved tradition.
- The Royal Collection Trust confirmed to INSIDER that no official merchandise would be released to celebrate the birth of the royal baby.
- Prince William and Kate Middleton released a range of products to celebrate the birth of all three of their children.
- Richard Fitzwilliams, a royal commentator, told INSIDER that merchandise is considered too “commercial” for the couple.
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex shocked royal fans earlier this month when they announced that they would keep the details surrounding the birth of their baby “private.”
That means they will forgo the famous post-birth Lindo Wing photo-op, a tradition that was followed by Kate Middleton and Prince William, and Princess Diana before them.
Now, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are breaking another royal baby tradition that fans have loved.
The Royal Collection Trust confirmed to INSIDER that no merchandise would be released to mark the birth of the royal baby.
A representative said: “We have no new ranges to announce.”
New lines of merchandise were released to celebrate the births of all three of William and Kate’s children: Prince George in 2013, Princess Charlotte in 2015, and Prince Louis in 2018.
The Royal Baby section of the Royal Collection Shop’s website still features merchandise released for the birth of Prince Louis last year, including commemorative pillboxes, plates, and rocking-horse decorations.
There is no mention of Harry and Meghan’s baby on the site.
Buckingham Palace declined to comment to INSIDER.
Richard Fitzwilliams, a royal commentator and former editor of “The International Who’s Who,” told INSIDER that merchandise is too “commercial” for the couple, who are known for doing things their own way.
“If the Royal Collection Trust did it for William and Kate’s children, one might have expected it for Baby Sussex, but there is a view that officially releasing merchandise when a baby is born is somehow too commercial. It’s a personal decision,” he said.
“Those who collect will find plenty of unofficial outlets where they can buy this sort of memorabilia.”
The decision isn’t surprising when you consider the couple’s modern approach to royal life.
As Katie Nicholl, a journalist and royal biographer, wrote in her new book, “Harry and Meghan: Life, Loss, and Love,” the moment Meghan walked down the aisle in 2018 marked a “turning point for the monarchy.”
Meghan entered St. George’s Chapel alone on her wedding day, a move that Anna Wintour, the editor of Vogue, said was “representative of a modern woman.”
Meghan and Harry are also using their new Instagram account to build their brand and “shine a light” on the issues they care about.
There have even been reports that the pair could move to Africa once the child is born.
Considering the recent debate about whether they will embrace “royal status” for their child, it’s possible that the couple’s decision to forgo merchandise is part of a bigger plan to keep a “low profile,” according to royal etiquette expert Grant Harrold.
“Most people may assume as the seventh in line to the throne, the baby is is expected to be publicly celebrated, but this will be a personal decision between the Royal Household and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex,” Harrold told INSIDER.
“The duke and duchess are wanting this to be a low key birth and I assume they want to keep everything associated with the royal child low profile.”
In 2013, the Queen used letters patent to ensure that all of William’s children would be born princes or princesses. William accepted these titles for his children – but not all royals have done so in the past.
The Queen’s daughter, Princess Anne, rejected titles for her children, Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall.
Whatever the couple decides, we won’t have too long to wait before we find out, as Meghan is due to give birth at the end of April or beginning of May.
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