The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have decided to keep details around the birth of their baby private, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.
The couple are expecting their first child this spring, with the due date believed to be in the coming weeks. In a statement shared on Thursday morning, the Palace said:
“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.”
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Traditionally, the arrival of a royal baby is followed by an appearance from the proud parents with their newborn outside the hospital. But according to one royal photographer, it’s unlikely to happen this time.
Tim Rooke, who has photographed all three of the Duchess of Cambridge’s babies outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s hospital in London, recently told Cosmopolitan: “I don’t think we’re going to get the same thing with the Duchess of Sussex’s baby. I don’t think we’re going to see it at all. I think it’s going to be private.”
The announcement around the birth comes after it was reported that Meghan and Prince Harry have officially moved out of Kensington Palace in London and into Frogmore Cottage in Windsor. The Queen has also given the couple permission for their new Household Office to be based at Buckingham Palace. This “long-planned move” will ensure that “permanent support arrangements for The Duke and Duchess’ work are in place as they start their family and move to their official residence at Frogmore Cottage,” the Palace said.
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This article originally appeared in Harper’s BAZAAR UK