- Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcomed a baby boy on Monday morning.
- Markle had the baby at home, while Kate Middleton had her children at the hospital in London where Princess Diana gave birth.
- Markle and Prince Harry waited two days before holding a press event, while Middleton and Prince William appeared on the hospital steps hours after their children were born.
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The royal baby is here!
The new parents waited two days to introduce their new son to the world, a departure from the births of Kate Middleton and Prince William’s children when the couple posed for photographers outside the hospital. It’s not the only significant difference between Markle and Middleton’s royal baby births.
Here are eight ways that the birth of Markle’s royal baby has been different from Middleton’s.
Kate Middleton didn’t have a baby shower, as far as anyone knows.
She was busy with royal engagements while sporting enviable maternity looks.
Meghan Markle had a baby shower in New York City hosted by her friends.
Markle’s baby shower was reportedly hosted by Serena Williams and Amal Clooney in a $US75,000-a-night penthouse suite of The Mark Hotel on Manhattan’s Upper East Side in February. She was spotted leaving the hotel after the shower in casual black leggings and a baseball cap.
She reportedly had a second baby shower in the UK.
Kensington Palace declined to comment when asked about the shower by INSIDER.
Middleton gave birth to Prince Louis at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in London.
Princess Diana and Prince Charles greeted photographers outside the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in London in 1982 after Prince William was born. The prince became the first heir to be born in a hospital in 1982.
Kate Middleton continued Princess Diana’s legacy by having all three of her children at the Lindo Wing and posing for photos shortly after giving birth.
The palace wouldn’t confirm where Markle gave birth.
It used to be tradition for royal babies to be born at home. Queen Elizabeth had home births for all of her children.
The palace declined to comment to INSIDER on where the birth took place. She was reportedly planning to have a home birth at their Frogmore Cottage home or the adjoining Windsor Castle. But the Daily Mail reports that the duchess was taken to a London hospital, thought to be Portland Hospital, in the early hours of Monday morning.
Prince William and Middleton announced the birth of Prince Louis through Kensington Palace’s official social media accounts.
Royal births are marked in more traditional ways as well, with a 62-gun salute and an easel set up outside Buckingham Palace.
Harry and Markle shared the news more informally on their own Instagram account.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle created their own Instagram account, @sussexroyal, after splitting their household from the Cambridges. They posted a jubilant “It’s a BOY!” birth announcement on Monday after Markle gave birth to a son.
They also recently used the account to wish Prince Louis a happy birthday, though some thought their comment broke royal protocol.
Louis made his debut when he was about six hours old.
About six hours after giving birth to Prince Louis, Middleton and William appeared on the steps of the Lindo Wing for the traditional photo call with their newest addition.
Middleton’s personal hairdresser, Amanda Cook Tucker, and her stylist, Natasha Archer, were seen entering the hospital to help her get camera-ready.
According to The New York Post, Markle “felt sorry” for Middleton after she stepped out for photographers just hours after giving birth to Prince Louis.
Markle and Harry waited two days to introduce the new royal baby to the world.
Before Markle gave birth, a palace statement said that they would be celebrating the occasion privately before making press appearances.
“Their Royal Highnesses have taken a personal decision to keep the plans around the arrival of their baby private,” the statement said. “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.”
Speaking to reporters on Monday after the baby was born, Harry said that they would hold a photo call with the new baby in two days.
“That’s the next bit, but for us, we will be seeing you guys in two days time as planned as a family to be able to share it with you guys, so everybody can see the baby,” he said.
William was busy bringing Prince George and Princess Charlotte to meet their new brother and didn’t speak to the press after Louis was born.
Princess Charlotte stole the show with her royal wave.
Harry held an impromptu press conference after Markle gave birth to their first child and talked about how excited he is to be a father.
The Duke of Sussex spoke to the media outside Windsor Castle on Monday to announce that he and Markle had welcomed a “very healthy boy.”
“Mother and baby are doing incredibly well,” he said. “It’s been the most amazing experience I could ever possibly imagine. How any woman does what they do is beyond comprehension, but we are both absolutely thrilled and so grateful to all the love and support from everybody out there. It’s been amazing, we just wanted to share this with everybody.”
Middleton and William introduced their babies to the world on the steps of the Lindo Wing.
Camera flashes can be seen reflected off the glass in the background.
Markle and Harry posed at St. George’s Hall in Windsor Castle.
It’s the same place where they got married.
Middleton wore Jenny Packham dresses for all three of her post-birth photo-ops.
Packham is one of Middleton’s favourite designers, and her go-to for appearances with all three of her newly-born children.
Markle wore a dress from designer Grace Wales Bonner.
She paired the sleeveless blazer dress with nude heels and wore loose curls and natural make-up.
Middleton usually held the babies for the photos.
Prince William is definitely a hands-on father who reportedly works out with parents from Prince George’s school after dropoff, but Middleton usually held the babies for their first photos.
Markle and Harry switched it up, having him hold their newborn.
He held the little one as the couple emerged in George’s Hall at Windsor Castle while they chatted with photographers.
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