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Last week the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced their decision to keep details around the birth of their baby private. Meghan and Harry will also not be posing for photographs with their first child after he or she is born.
It’s understood that images of their newborn will be released a few days afterwards. This is in contrast to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who stood on the steps of the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s in Paddington, after the births of each of their three children.
While there have been many opinions about why Meghan has decided to opt out of a photocall moment, royal commentator Omid Scobie says that one of the reasons might be because she is “quite nervous” about the birth.
Speaking to Yahoo UK‘s ‘The Royal Box,’ he says: “Everyone of course has an opinion about whether we should be the ones to see the baby first, but at the end of the day, what Meghan does with her baby and her body straight after giving birth is very much her personal decision.
“What we’ve heard from sources is she’s quite nervous, it’s her first baby, the nerves are really quite high at the moment and so for her to be able to actually cut out what makes it so stressful is probably quite a relief for her and Harry.”
Historian Anna Whitelock says that the after-birth photocall doesn’t allow for any complications, if there were any.
She says: “If the child had been in the special baby care unit or anything, which lots of babies for a short time have to be in, they would all have to be explained because there is a sense that in a day or two days, there will be this photo opportunity.
“It doesn’t create any kind of opportunity for anything that might not be perfect to happen.”
“I think in a way it’s remarkable that all of those things have, so far, up until now, all gone ok. I’m not surprised at all that Meghan’s like ‘I don’t want that extra pressure.’”