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Buckingham Palace confirm Duchess Meghan’s birth will be very different to Duchess Catherine’s

Meghan and Harry have announced they will keep the birth of their child private, and really why shouldn’t they?

Over the past few months there have been countless reports of how the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be breaking from royal tradition when it comes to how the birth of their first child will play out.
From reports she'll be snubbing the private Lindo Wing at St Mary's hospital where Duchess Catherine has given birth to all three of her children, to not going to a hospital altogether and opting for a homebirth, to shunning the post-birth pap shoot, there's now a new break from tradition that's being talked about, and this one is confirmed to be true.
After months of speculation of how the birth of Meghan and Harry's child will play out, Buckingham Palace have now released a statement to confirm how some of the royal couples' decisions. (Image: Getty)
In a statement released by Buckingham Palace on Thursday it was confirmed Meghan and Harry are planning to keep the arrival of the birth of their child private.
"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," the statement begins.
"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," the statement concludes.
Meghan and Harry are choosing to keep the arrival of their child private. (Image: Getty)
The royal couple's decision to keep the baby's birth private (and seriously who can blame them) is a stark contrast to the birth of Prince William and Kate's three children, all of which were played out in the public spotlight.
When Kate went into labour with Prince Louis last year (he'll turn one on April 23) it was officially announced on the Kensington Palace Twitter account that she had been taken to the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital and following his birth the news was also announced via Twitter.
And she didn't wait long to give the world a first glimpse of the newborn, posing on the footsteps outside the hospital with Louis and William just hours after giving birth.
Buckingham Palace would not confirm where Meghan and Harry were planning on having their baby but now that they've moved to their new home Frogmore Cottage at Windsor, the 40 minute drive to the Lindo Wing is highly unlikely.
According to People there are several local hospitals the pair could choose which include Princess Margaret Hospital, King Edward VII Hospital or Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey – where Sophie, Countess of Wessex had her two children – or she may opt for a homebirth.
However no matter what the couple decide, the public will not get a glimpse of the newborn outside a hospital as according to People, Meghan and Harry will take part in a photo op with their new baby on the grounds of Windsor Castle a few days after their child is born.
Prince William and Kate pose on the steps of St Mary's Hospital with their new baby boy, just hours after he was born. (Image: Getty)
It's also highly likely the couple will announce the baby's arrival, when they're ready, on their new Instagram account @sussexroyal.
As heir to the throne, it's expected for Prince William to mark big occasions, while Harry – who is sixth in the line for the throne – has more leeway.
Harry and Meghan announced they were expecting their first child in October last year at the start of their first international royal tour of Australasia, with the baby's due date expected to be later this month or early May.