In October 2018 Britain’s royal family shared some happy news: Meghan Markle is pregnant. And the baby – the first child of Prince Harry and his American wife – will be seventh in line to the monarchy when he or she is born. But the little one will also enter a world full of curious and occasionally rather stifling royal rules. So, will Harry and Meghan choose to follow them all?
20. Royal babies should have several names
One middle name isn’t nearly enough for a royal, it seems. Just ask Prince William Arthur Philip Louis, or Prince Charles Philip Arthur George. And yes, as you can no doubt tell, the British royal family reuse names a lot. For example, Princess Charlotte’s full name is Charlotte Elizabeth Diana – “Elizabeth” is a reference to Queen Elizabeth II, while “Diana” is in tribute to Princess Diana.
19. The baby’s sex isn’t disclosed until after the birth
There are no gender reveal parties for royals, as no member of the public must know the sex of the baby until the birth itself. Sometimes even the parents are in the dark, apparently. When Prince George was born in July 2013, it was reported by the BBC that Prince William and Kate Middleton had chosen not to learn whether their new arrival was a boy or a girl prior to the child’s entry into the world.