Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have had a busy year. Not only have they announced their officially splitting from the Royal Family, they also announced they are having another baby.
And in a tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex revealed that they are expecting a girl.
Given that Meghan and Harry are no longer senior members of the Royal Family, they aren't expected to follow the strict rules and guidelines they had to do with Archie.
With that being said, here are some Royal parenting rules Meghan and Harry can now choose to ignore with Archie and with the birth of their baby.
No need to hide baby's sex
The sex of the baby is always kept secret during a Royal pregnancy. Couples aren't allowed to announce it to the public before the baby is born.
This doesn’t mean they can’t find out themselves, but they can’t share it with the rest of the world.
Meghan and Harry have already ignored this rule, and have announced they are expecting a girl.
They don’t have to formally announce birth
Royals usually gave to officially announce a birth, with the Queen being the first to know.
After that an official framed announcement is placed outside Buckingham Palace.
With the birth of Meghan and Harry’s new child they can be a lot more private, and won’t be required to announce the birth.
No need for christening
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The Queen is the head of the Church of England, and therefore all members of the Royal Family have to be christened.
Archie was christened, but at that time Meghan and Harry were part of the Royal household.
Because they no longer are senior Royals they could choose not to christen their baby girl.
No strict dress codes
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Royal children are expected to dress in a particular style which is easy to spot.
Colours have to be neutral, and they wear a classic, preppy style.
Royal boys are also not supposed to wear full length trousers before they are eight. For example, Prince Louis is often spotted wearing shorts.
But now Meghan and Harry can dress their children exactly how they please.
They can choose type of education
In the past, Royal children were given their education at home by governesses and tutors.
But Diana broke that tradition by sending Harry and William to private school – and the Cambridges have followed suit.
But the Royals are still expected to be sent to top-class private institutions.
Meanwhile, Harry and Meghan can now choose to send their children to other schools.
They don’t need to teach Royal etiquette
Royal children are trained in the rules of etiquette from very young, according to etiquette teacher Myka Meier.
She told People: “They are raised having formal meals, going to formal events and practicing everything from voice levels to dressing appropriately to even, of course, how to curtsy and bow.”
Royal children must be quiet, reserved, sit properly and be still.
Archie and his future little sister won’t need to follow these rules.
They can travel together
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Royals have to travel a lot because of their work, so it’s normal that their children will be left home.
It’s not always practical or safe to bring children with them.
And when they are school-age they can’t come with their parents when they travel for work.
Now that Harry and Meghan won’t be taking official Royal tours, there won’t be any rules surrounding their travelling.
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