Important detail missing from the royal baby's birth announcement

Kristine Tarbert
Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
A royal announcement. Photo: Getty

Finally the news the world has been waiting for - Prince Harry and Meghan have welcomed their first child, a baby boy.

And while the customary piece of royal parchment was placed outside Buckingham Palace to announce the happy arrival, there was one key detail missing.

It is royal tradition for the baby’s birth bulletin to be displayed in a frame perched on a golden stand outside the palace.

However, one thing that differed when it came to this latest announcement, compared to previous ones is that it didn't include any details of where the baby was delivered, or any mention of a doctor.

“The Queen and the Royal Family are delighted at the news that Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex was safely delivered of a son at 0526am today,” the announcement read.

"Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.”

When Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis were born for example, the bulletins included the signatures of the doctors present at the births.

The announcement of Baby Sussex, vs the announcement of Prince George. Photos: Getty

"The baby weighs 7lbs 3oz. The Duke of Sussex was present for the birth," the bulletin continued.

"The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Lady Jane Fellowes, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Earl Spencer have been informed and are delighted with the news.

"The Duchess's mother, Doria Ragland, who is overjoyed by the arrival of her first grandchild, is with Their Royal Highnesses at Frogmore Cottage.”

Prince Harry and Meghan have welcomed royal baby boy. Photos: Getty

Palace caught by surprise

This further highlights just how private the birth of Baby Sussex was, compared to previous royal babies.

A royal commentator has suggested that even palace aides may have been caught off guard by the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s baby.

When Yahoo UK contacted Buckingham Palace after the announcement Meghan was in labour, it seemed they were unaware that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son had already been born.

Speaking to the BBC, royal expert and author Katie Nicholl says, “I don’t know how much this has caught the palace press office by surprise as well, it’s happened very quickly.

“It gives you some indication of how private this birth has been kept.”

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