It’s not long now until the Royal Family will introduce another new addition to the fold. Harry and Meghan’s first child is expected to arrive sometime in late April or early May, and the days are disappearing pretty quickly. Soon enough they’ll be holding their new son or daughter in their arms and realizing just how much the little one will change their lives.
Becoming a parent is difficult for anyone, but when you’re a royal, there are certain rules and regulations you have to abide by. You can’t raise your kid however you want to because they’re now a representative of the Royal Family. The Queen doesn’t want her reputation being tarnished just because a child wasn’t taught how to behave appropriately in public.
However, while Meghan and Harry certainly can’t go breaking the rules left, right, and center, we reckon they’ll be a lot laxer than some of their ancestors. With talk of wanting to give their child a ‘normal’ upbringing, we have to wonder which of the rules they’ll actually follow, and which they’ll replace with their own.
Making her voice heard
Meghan and Harry’s relationship is one of the most unconventional that the Royal Family has ever seen. Her background sets her apart from other royal wives, so it’s no surprise that she has such a different stance when it comes to motherhood.
Although Meghan knows she has to do as the Queen says, we can definitely see this woman putting her foot down when it comes to raising her child. After all, a mother knows best.
From different worlds
It’s pretty common knowledge that Meghan and Harry both had very different childhoods. As the son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, he pretty much got whatever he wanted. It’s not like the heir to the throne was ever short on money, and neither was his wife. However, Harry’s life was far from easy growing up. All those lessons on how to behave like a royal certainly took their toll. It was only thanks to Diana’s intervention that the child had some semblance of a normal life.
It was because of her that Harry and his brother got to go theme parks and eat at McDonald’s. Meghan, on the other hand, had much more freedom than her future husband, but her family couldn’t always afford the things she wanted. As a result, the Duchess of Sussex found herself working small jobs when she was just a teenager.
A joint objective
Despite how different things were for them growing up, Meghan and Harry have very similar opinions on how they want their child to be raised. Both of them prioritize giving their son or daughter a more normal upbringing to ensure they have an appreciation for life outside of the monarchy. Harry was lucky to have a mother that was so down to Earth, and he wants to continue her legacy through his own children.
Resultantly, both parents plan to be a lot more hands-on once their baby arrives. Gone are the days when royal children would be left in the care of a dozen nannies while their mom and dad carried out their duties. Harry and Meghan plan to follow in the footsteps of William and Kate by being more attentive to their kids, though they intend to go even further than their siblings.
Just a normal child
One thing that a more hands-on approach entails is ensuring the child doesn’t miss out on the things most kids do when they’re young. This involves going to lessons for a sport or activity they enjoy, such as soccer or dancing. The royals are fairly big sports fans, regularly attending tennis and polo matches; however, their interests don’t always match that of a young child’s. We’re not sure what the Queen would make of her great-grandchild becoming a rugby or hockey player, but we don’t think Meghan would care very much.
If her child was passionate about the sport, we expect she’d support their dreams regardless of her family’s opinion. Of course, the couple intends on letting their child do more than just join a sports team. They want them to experience a proper childhood, which means doing family activities, performing in productions and so much more.
Working for what you want
However, while this means Meghan and Harry’s baby will get to do plenty of fun things, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows for the child. A normal childhood indicates that the parents also intend on giving their kid chores. This is to teach them to appreciate what it’s like to work for money. Although the couple currently has staff to do these things for them, they don’t want their baby to become too entitled. They shouldn’t grow up expecting to pay someone to do the things they don’t want to.
Plus, as it’s unlikely the child will ever sit on the throne, they need to learn to have a life outside of the monarchy. Considering how much Meghan had to work to make a name for herself, she probably wants her offspring to understand the pleasures of hard graft. It’ll teach them to be thankful for what they have.
Traveling with the public
Apparently, one thing that a normal childhood also entails for the couple’s baby is trips on public transportation. It’s extremely rare for a royal to do this, with the Queen only doing it once when she opened the Victoria line of the London Underground.
However, Meghan and Harry believe that traveling around with the rest of the public will be good for the child. We’re not sure if they’ll still think that way when they try to ride the subway with their baby and get mobbed by thousands of fans.
Keeping it real
Taking a ride on public transport with her children is certainly not something you’d have ever seen the Queen do with her children. However, times change, and the newer generation of royals want to connect with their public like never before.
We live in a world where the monarchy is no longer as influential as it used to be, so it’s up to people like Harry and Meghan to ensure that it’s still viewed as worthwhile. With that being said, certain things will never change, especially when it comes to traditions.
Rules to abide by
As much as Meghan and Harry might want to be solely responsible for their son or daughter, they know that’ll never be the case. While they’re still part of the Royal Family, the Queen will always have a say in how they raise their children.
She wants to ensure they give the monarchy a good name which is why the couple will have to follow specific rules when it comes to parenthood. Like it or not, certain traditions just can’t be changed, no matter how much you want them to.
One thing the new parents will have to ensure they do is getting their child baptized. This is standard practice for the Royal Family and has been going on for hundreds of years.
Since 1841, every child in the family has been baptized in the same receptacle, so there’s no reason why the case won’t be the same for Harry and Meghan’s baby. Of course, they don’t have to do everything by the book. After all, William and Kate went against the norm by opening up Charlotte’s baptism to the public.
Understanding the Royal lifestyle
It takes more than just growing up in the Royal Family to become a royal yourself. There’s a lot that children have to be taught, including how they should speak and what they can wear.
It’ll be Meghan and Harry’s responsibility to ensure that their baby is fully educated on what is required of them. Given Meghan had to receive similar lessons in the run-up to her wedding, she’s fully aware of what’s expected of her child. One thing’s for sure; the baby won’t be talking with their mother’s accent.
Carrying the burden
Although Meghan and Harry want to be as hands-on as possible, they can’t be there for their children 24/7. The pair has so many duties they have to carry out on behalf of the Royal Family, meaning there will be times when neither will be around to look after the baby.
This is when the couple will turn to a nanny to watch over the child. They might not enlist a dozen people for the job, but it’s standard fare for royal parents to have at least one.
The importance of education
In a few years time, the couple’s child will be at schooling age. Originally, Meghan and Harry would have had to hire a tutor to teach them everything from the comfort of their own home. However, things changed after William was born.
The second in line to the throne was sent to a private establishment rather than being homeschooled, and this became standard practice for the family. The couple will be expected to send their child to the best private school in the area when the time comes.
Keeping in line
Manners are everything to the Royal Family. They’re a way of showing class and sophistication before you’ve even opened your mouth. While she won’t expect the kid to be well-behaved when they’re young, the Queen will demand that changes as soon they grow up.
As a result, Meghan and Harry will have to ensure their child learns good manners from an early age. If they don’t, their son or daughter could end up causing havoc, something that we don’t think Her Majesty will be too pleased about.
You can’t wear that
Depending on the gender of Harry and Meghan’s child, there will be certain rules in place about what they can wear. Or rather, what they can’t wear. If it’s a boy, he will be forbidden from wearing pants until he’s of the right age.
There’s a reason Prince George is always seen in shorts and long socks – he’s not allowed to wear anything else. Likewise, if it’s a girl, she’ll be forbidden from wearing a tiara until she gets married. Meghan and Harry have no say on this matter.
If Meghan and Harry ever need advice on parenthood, they can always turn to William and Kate. They’ve had three children now, and they know how to balance following the Queen’s traditions with giving their children a normal life.
One thing they’ll likely pick up on from the pair is teaching their kid to be in touch with their emotions. The royals used to be set against expressing yourself, especially in public. However, William and Kate have since changed that. They don’t want their children to bottle anything up.
Learning on the go
Although the Duke and Duchess of Sussex probably know how they’re going to raise their child, that may all change once they become parents. With experience, they’ll learn what does and doesn’t work, and adapt wherever necessary.
Fortunately, one thing that’s unlikely ever to change is their desire to give their baby a normal life. That appears to be more important to them than almost anything else, and it’s hard not to respect them for that. After all, everyone deserves to have an enjoyable childhood, no matter who their family is.