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Meghan Markle could skip Royal Family baby traditions to 'make pregnancy her own'

Daily Express logo Daily Express 24/02/2021 05:00:00 Sarra Gray

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been married since May 19, 2018. The couple have one child together, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, who was born in May 2019.

In a surprise statement made on Valentine's Day, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared a black and white picture of themselves in their garden.

In an accompanying message, they confirmed they are expecting their second child.

When Meghan was pregnant with her first child, she was a working member of the Royal Family.

Meghan and Prince Harry have since stepped back from these roles and have not worked as senior royals since March 2020.

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Because of this, royal experts have suggested the pregnancy could be different as they may not need to follow any royal traditions.

When Meghan was pregnant with Archie, she celebrated with her friends at a baby shower which took place at The Mark Hotel in New York.

Royal expert and editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine Ingrid Seward explained royals will traditionally have discreet baby showers, if having one at all.

She stated: "Baby showers are essentially an American invention - one that has become increasingly popular in the UK, if not more low-key than celebrations in the US.

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"Though the royals are, of course, allowed to have baby showers like everyone else, they are usually very discreet about them."

As Meghan is no longer a working royal, however, the expert claimed she could opt for a "lavish" shower for baby number two.

"Contrary to usual Royal Family form, Meghan's shower for baby Archie caused much fuss - as she flew to the big apple to celebrate," Ingrid continued.

"Brimming with celebrities, she was showered with expensive gifts and treated to the very best.

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"I have no doubt that their lavish LA lifestyle will play a part in their second celebration.

"It's tradition that friends throw the shower [and] her nearest and dearest may host it at Meghan's house - it will no doubt still be very elaborate compared to how we Brits do it."

Commenting on a potential baby shower, expert party planner at Ginger Ray Jess Martin agreed Meghan is likely to avoid royal baby traditions.

She stated the Duchess of Sussex could hold a baby shower as she makes pregnancy decisions without "royal influence".

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Jess said: "Now that they've made a break away from royal tradition, we believe that Meghan will want to make this second pregnancy her own - without influence from the Royal Family.

"Due to how we've all had to treat our homes as sanctuaries this year, we believe she'll host a lavish celebration in her home in the US, instead of at an establishment like The Mark Hotel."

The expert claimed attending a baby shower is something Meghan could do again with her second pregnancy.

While the coronavirus crisis continues, Jess suggested this is something the royal may be likely to do from home.

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