8 royal rules Meghan Markle must follow now that she’s pregnant

October 15, 2018
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    So, the pregnancy rumours are true! Meghan Markle has been married to Prince Harry for just a few months, but already wildly speculated that she is expecting a baby.

    Today (Oct 15), Kensington Palace confirmed “this happy news”.

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    “Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019,” the palace said in a statement that was shared on social media.

    “Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public.”

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    With the pregnancy, it looks like she has to be mindful of these royal rules, like her sister-in-law Kate Middleton who has been through it all before.

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    No baby shower
    Baby showers aren’t common for royal families who are quite reserved when it comes to celebrating anything really.

    So, while Meghan’s American friends may want to throw her a party with games and food, her royal sensibility will prevent her from doing so.

    (Photo: Instagram/kensingtonroyal)

    Related: Tay Kewei and Alfred Sim celebrate their baby’s first month with a gangster themed party

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  • Overseas travel banned
    5 / 12 Overseas travel banned

    Pregnant women are generally told not to fly during the last trimester of their pregnancy. But the reality is much more strict for royals who are banned from any type of overseas travel for their entire pregnancy.

    Related: Travel during pregnancy: tips you should know

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  • Gender reveal under wraps
    6 / 12 Gender reveal under wraps

    The gender of a royal baby isn’t revealed until he or she makes their big arrival. Duchess Kate didn’t make the sex of her three children known while she was pregnant, but many people believe she dropped several hints about their genders ahead of their birth.

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  • On-call maternity team
    7 / 12 On-call maternity team

    When Kate gave birth, she had two obstetricians, three midwives, three anesthesiologists, four surgical staff members, two special care staffers, four pediatricians, one lab technician for blood tests, and three or four managers on hand. It’s expected that Meghan, too, will be afforded a massive team of carers

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  • Limited clothing options
    8 / 12 Limited clothing options

    Related: See how Stefanie Sun rocks maternity wear and baby bump

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  • Unique names not allowed
    9 / 12 Unique names not allowed

    Meghan and Harry will probably have to give any future children at least three names and don’t go thinking they can name their child Le’Shawn or Bellatrix.

    Related: Prince George celebrates his fifth birthday with private family holiday

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  • Dress code for baby christening
    10 / 12 Dress code for baby christening

    All royal babies are christened in a replica of a Victorian-era gown, as seen on Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. The original gown made in 1842 during Queen Victoria’s reign was deemed too fragile for use more than 10 years ago.

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  • Queen must be first to find out
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    If Meghan is pregnant, the first person to be informed must be Queen Elizabeth. Royal protocol dictates that Her Majesty must be in the know before anyone else, including other grandparents.

    A version of this article appeared on The Singapore Women’s Weekly.

    Related: Kate Middleton leaves hospital just 7 hours after giving birth to third royal baby

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