Meghan Markle will have to follow these bizarre royal birthing rules when she gives birth to new baby
The British royal family has some strange rules when it comes to deliveries and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will have to decide if they want to stick to tradition
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expecting their first child together and the child is due in spring 2019. As we already know, the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton had to follow a few unusual birthing rules in the name of tradition. The question now is, will Meghan have to do the same?
So here are the bizarre birthing rules that the royal family follows:
1. The Queen MUST be the first to know
Before the news of a newborn goes public, the Queen must be told that a child has been born into the royal family. When Prince George was born, it is believed that Prince William called the Queen on an encrypted phone to share the news. Traditionally, the announcements have been made on an easel which is kept outside the Buckingham Palace. Kate Middleton and Prince William did not follow this and announced the news on Twitter.
2. Home births are preferable
It is tradition to give birth at home and the Queen gave birth to all her children at the Buckingham Palace. Princess Diana did not follow this rule and gave birth to her sons Prince William and Prince Harry at the St. Mary's hospital in the private Lindo Wing. Kate Middleton also gave birth to her three children at the same hospital.
3. Fathers are not allowed in the birthing room
When it comes to giving birth, fathers are banned from witnessing the birth and are not allowed in the delivery room. Birthing is considered an all-female event and so men are not allowed inside the room. Since the birth of Prince Charles, this rule has been a bit relaxed. Prince William was by Kate Middleton's side when she gave birth to their three children.
4. Midwives are sworn to secrecy
Midwives are prohibited from sharing or giving away any information regarding a royal birth. Kate Middleton had three midwives present with her when she was giving birth to Princess Charlotte. For all her three pregnancies, an army of doctors and anesthetists were called and they all had to swear to not reveal any details about the pregnancy or the delivery to the outside world.