The one royal baby rule Meghan and Harry must follow

Rebekah Scanlan
Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are no strangers to royal protocol.

But while the pair appear to love nothing more than breaking the rules, there’s one tradition they’re not allowed to shun when having a royal baby.

According to a royal expert, the pair — who married in May — are required to keep the name they chose for their new bub private for several days to ensure the Queen is told first.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will have to follow this one rule when their baby is born. Source: Getty

Victoria Arbiter first explained this old tradition back in 2013 when Prince George, now five, was born, telling Town & Country there is a “great responsibility in naming a new member of the family”.

“They want to be a hundred percent certain of their choice before announcing the name and sealing the baby’s place in history,” she said.

And if history is anything to go by, then this will indeed happen.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced both George and Princess Charlotte’s names two days after they were born and waited three days before revealing their youngest was called Louis.

Kate Middleton and Prince William have kept the names of all three of their kids out of the public birth announcements, revealing them a few days later instead. Source: Getty

Her Majesty herself waited a whole month before announcing her first born was called Charles.

But while there’s strict protocol surrounding the timing of the announcement, the pair will have more freedom when it comes to actually picking a name.

While William and Kate had to follow the unspoken rule of naming their kids after their royal ancestors, those not in direct succession to the throne have more flexibility. 

Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie have royally rebellious names, with no history attached to them. Source: Getty

Just look at Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson who went royally rogue with the names Beatrice and Eugenie for their two daughters. 

So while we may not know the chosen name immediately, it could definitely be an interesting one.

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