SALT LAKE CITY — When the next royal baby arrives, the public won’t immediately know about it.
In a statement released to the public Thursday, the royal family announced that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex want to keep their birth plans “private.”
The statement reads, “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.”
According to Insider, no photographs will be released until several days following the birth.
The move breaks from tradition in the royal family. Kate Middleton and Princess Diana both gave birth and posed for photographs outside the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital, according to Insider.
Rumors have circulated that Markle intends to have a home birth at Frogmore Cottage, which would be consistent with the couple’s statement.
The gender of the baby is yet unknown, but Markle reportedly told a Birkenhead, Merseyside, woman back in January that she was due at the end of April or beginning of May, according to the Independent.