Reactions to Meghan Markle's Private Birth: Tabloids Screaming, 'Show Us Your Baby!'
Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, is expected to give birth to her baby any day now. Kensington Palace will make an official announcement when she goes into labor and when the baby has been born. The public will not see the baby soon after the birth because the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have decided to spend private time as a family before showing their newborn to the public.
Kensington Palace said in a statement on Wednesday, April 10 that the parents are grateful for all the goodwill from around the world, but it was a personal decision made by the expecting parents. They will show their own photos on their Instagram account after a photo in the garden of Windsor Castle.
Many people understand and respect Prince Harry and Meghan's decision for wanting to keep things private for a while. However, there is one group that is quite upset that the royal couple is breaking a tradition that has been going on for more than 40 years.
British Tabloids Upset
British tabloids are very upset that they will not be able to get that first photo of the royal baby. The Sun, Britain’s highest-circulation tabloid, went so far as to say the couple is infringing on their royal rights.
The tabloid explained that the royals should not keep the details hidden from the nation. The newspaper said the public has a right to know because their lives are largely funded by the taxpayers. A comment was added that it is not a good sign for the royals because they are not private citizens and what they do should be made public.
Needless to say, the tabloids are not taking the news too kindly that they will not get the opportunity to spend hours outside of the hospital waiting to get that first photo on the steps just as they had done when Princess Anne gave birth followed by Princess Diana when Prince William and Prince Harry were born. More recently, the Duchess of Cambridge did it three times when Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis were born.
Photographer Sad to Miss a Special Photo
Arthur Edwards, a photographer for The Sun, said he is saddened by the royal couple's decision for a private birth. The 78-year-old photographer stated that he covered the births of five royal babies, including Prince Harry.
He added that he photographed Prince Harry when he came out in Diana’s arms 34 years ago. It would have been the highlight of his life if he could photograph him coming out with his own baby especially since Prince Harry is extremely popular with readers.
Which Hospital or Home Birth?
It has not been revealed where the baby will be born. There has been some talk that the baby could be born at Prince Harry and Meghan's new home at Frogmore Cottage with a team of female doctors instead of Queen Elizabeth's medical staff.
Gynecologists and obstetricians think it would be best if the 37-year-old expecting mother would deliver her baby in a hospital because there are greater risks for a woman of her age. If a problem arises for either the mother or the baby, a team of doctors and equipment will be available. If Meghan does have a home birth, she would be following in the footsteps of Queen Elizabeth who had all four of her children at home.
Even if the birth takes place in a hospital, the media will not know which one and the couple will not pose on the steps with their baby when they leave the hospital.
It there is a home birth, there is no way photographs are going to be around. Only one photographer was allowed at Prince Harry and Meghan's wedding in St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018.
How Will the Baby Be Introduced?
Baby Sussex is expected to be introduced to the world through Prince Harry and Meghan's own photos on their Instagram account that has over 4 million followers.
Usually, royal babies are not seen in person until they are christened which could be up to three months later.
Prince Harry's Views of the Paparazzi
Prince Harry is not fond of the paparazzi because of the way they treated his mother, Princess Diana. She was killed when Prince Harry was 12 years old. A group of photographers chased a car she was in that ended up in an accident. That was not the only time Princess Diana had been their target. Her privacy was constantly invaded.
In recent months, coverage of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex has not been kind. Just last week, a Daily Mail columnist was critical of Prince Harry for teaming up with Oprah Winfrey for a television series they are making about mental health. The reporter didn't speak too kindly about Oprah either.
When Prince Harry first started dating Meghan in 2016, he asked the media to back off because they were hounding her. Because of bad publicity from the press, only one reporter was allowed inside St. George’s Chapel for the couple's wedding. That decision also upset the media.
With that much negative history with the press, it shouldn't be a surprise that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex want privacy when their baby is born.