The Duke and Duchess of Sussex may opt for a different route than Kate Middleton and Prince William

By Stephanie Petit
April 05, 2019 10:40 AM

The world can’t wait to meet Baby Sussex!

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will welcome their first child in the coming weeks, and royal fans are eager to know everything about the new member of the family, from the baby’s name to if the baby will have a royal title. And when will the couple give the public the first glimpse of their son or daughter?

The Duchess of Sussex may follow in the footsteps of Kate Middleton and Princess Diana, introducing her child to the world outside the hospital shortly after the birth. Of course, it’s unlikely that she’ll pose on the famous steps of the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital in London like her sister-in-law and mother-in-law – Meghan and Harry will probably chose a different hospital closer to their new home at Frogmore Cottage to welcome their child.

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Princess Anne was the first royal to give birth in the Lindo Wing when she welcomed her son, Peter Phillips, in 1977 – and opted to go to the same hospital to give birth to her daughter, Zara Phillips, in 1981.

Princess Diana continued the trend the following year, welcoming Prince William and introducing him to the world on the steps outside. She also gave birth to Prince Harry there.

All three of Prince William and Princess Kate’s children were born in the same place as their dad – and Prince George, 5, Princess Charlotte, 3, and Prince Louis, who turns 1 this month, gave their first royal waves on the steps.

Princess Diana and Prince Charles with Prince William; Kate Middleton and Prince William with Prince George
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Meghan, 37, and Harry, 34, may opt for a different route and decide to give a first look at their baby by releasing an official photo – perhaps on their new Instagram account, @SussexRoyal, which launched on Tuesday.

Less than two weeks after Prince Louis was born, adorable portraits of the little royal were released. A solo shot was taken just three days after his birth by mom Kate, while Princess Charlotte was on big sister duty for a joint shot in which she placed a sweet kiss on her brother’s forehead.

The release of the photos came as a surprise, as Kate and William usually shared their children’s first portraits about a month after their births.

Prince Louis
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Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte
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After the first glimpse and official photos, it may be a few months until we see Meghan and Harry’s child again – likely at his or her christening.

Prince George’s christening occurred in late October (more than three months after he was born), at the Chapel Royal in London’s St. James’s Palace. Charlotte’s was held two months after her birth at the St. Mary Magdalene Church in Norfolk, on the grounds of the Queen’s Sandringham estate — and very close to William and Kate’s country home, Anmer Hall.

Princess Charlotte, Prince William, Prince George, Prince Louis and Kate Middleton
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Louis was christened at the same place as his older brother in July, about three months after his world debut. The event was also special because it marked the first time the world saw Kate and William as a family of five!