Since her fairy-tale wedding to Prince Harry, Meghan Markle seems to be adapting to her new life as a member of the British Royal Family quite easily, but once she becomes a mother, what are the rules she will have to follow?
Less than five months after their fabulous wedding in Windsor, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced they are expecting their first child, to much delight of the whole world.
Meghan, the former Hollywood star turned Duchess of Sussex, has brought some changes to the British monarchy for being the first American actress, divorcee and mixed-race marrying into the royal family, and she has already broken a few protocol rules with her outspoken political opinions and modern fashion style. But the mother-to-be will be expected to follow some royal traditions when it comes to the couple’s offspring:
Growing up under the spotlight
The former Suits star is used to being in the spotlight, but unlike other Hollywood celebrities, she won’t have the possibility to keep her child away from the public eye. On the contrary, the world will expect to follow every step the royal child takes. Meghan will have to teach her offspring to smile and wave politely for the cameras and the public from a very early age. Maybe the baby’s cousin, the adorable Princess Charlotte, will help to teach how to enchant the press and the public with the cutest wave.
Leaving the hospital
As soon as Meghan and Harry’s baby is born, the world will be eagerly waiting for the Duchess to leave the hospital with her newborn. And they will expect her to look fresh and perfect for the lens of dozens of photographers and the crowd of well-wishing fans camped outside to hospital to get a first glimpse of the newest member of the royal family. Her sister-in-law Catherine, for example, left the hospital only seven hours after having her last child as if it had been a walk in the park.
Like all members of the royal family, Harry and Meghan’s baby will have a Christian baptism and will most probably, wear the same off-white gown that has been used for Christenings for generations. Queen Victoria commissioned the Honiton christening gown for her first-born, and it has been worn by the royal babies since. By the way, in 2004 the queen asked her wardrobe advisor to have a copy made for the new royals, to preserve the original Victorian gown. Traditionally, the royal family babies have numerous godparents instead of only two, as most people have. Prince Louis, for instance, has six. Meghan will have to choose carefully among her friends the ones she trusts to take part in the child’s upbringing and religious education. This choice will probably be quite tricky since many of her Hollywood friends will be eager to be honoured with having such an illustrious godchild.
The royal wardrobe
Meghan’s fashion choices have been praised and copied by many. In fact, the “Meghan Markle Effect” is such that whatever she wears quickly disappears from the shops. Her baby will have to dress according to some unwritten British etiquette rules that all royal children follow. Just look at Prince William’s children, George wears shirts and shorts, since trousers are only for older boys, and Charlotte always looks impeccable in her cute little dresses.