Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are planning to keep the birth of their baby a secret until they have had time to 'celebrate privately as a new family'

Max Mumby/ Indigo/ Getty ImagesPrince Harry and Meghan Markle.
  • The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have revealed they are keeping the birth of their baby “private.”
  • Buckingham Palace announced on Thursday that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will host a photo call with their new baby at Windsor Castle a few days after the birth.
  • This comes after rumours that the couple are boycotting the traditional Lindo Wing photo-op and making plans for a home birth.
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have confirmed they will keep news of their baby’s birth secret until they have had time to “celebrate privately as a new family.”

Buckingham Palace announced on Thursday that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have “taken a personal decision to keep the plans around the arrival of their baby private.”

The statement reads: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very grateful for the goodwill they have received from people throughout the United Kingdom and around the world as they prepare to welcome their baby.

“Their Royal Highnesses have taken a personal decision to keep the plans around the arrival of their baby private. The Duke and Duchess look forward to sharing the exciting news with everyone once they have had an opportunity to celebrate privately as a new family.”

The Palace also announced that “within a few days of the birth” the couple will host a photo call with the new baby in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

Once it has been announced that Markle is in labour, press will be hosted on the Long Walk in Windsor, which suggests that reports of the couple planning a home birth at Frogmore Cottage could be true.

While many were expecting the couple to take part in the traditional Lindo Wing photo-op, it seems the couple will in fact be breaking away from this tradition.

Kate Middleton posed outside the steps of the exclusive maternity ward at St Mary’s Hospital with all three of her children. The tradition began with Princess Diana and Prince Charles when they had Prince William, and then again with Prince Harry.

Read More:Reports suggest Meghan Markle could have a home birth. Here’s why it would be a return to royal tradition.

According to Rebecca English, royal correspondent for the Daily Mail, Markle is planning on having a midwife-led birth at the couple’s family home.

An unnamed source – credited only as a friend in America – reportedly told English that Markle, who has “sailed” through her pregnancy, would prefer a home birth.

She said: “It is her favoured choice. But it obviously depends on how things are nearer the time.”

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