When it comes to welcoming her baby into the world, Meghan Markle will be doing things her own way -- and she reportedly "feels sorry" for sister-in-law Kate Middleton, who had to go by strict royal rules when introducing her own babies on the world stage.
According to a new Page Six report, a friend of the former "Suits" actress says that she "feels sorry" for Kate that she had to get camera-ready hours after each of her deliveries, which is something that Meghan doesn't plan on doing.
As it went, Kate would give birth to each of her three children at St. Mary's Hospital's exclusive Lindo Wing in London before briefly appearing -- in a dress and full face of makeup -- on the steps of the maternity ward just a few hours later with her newborn in her arms as she and husband, Prince William, waved to hoards of photographers.
The pressure for the Duchess of Cambridge to debut her baby so quickly, without much time to rest, is an expectation that many have picked apart since, with many blaming antiquated royal family rules and society's impossible standards for women for making Kate pull the move every time she had a child.
Meghan, who has time and time again proved that she's writing her own rulebook as a new member of the royal family, announced in a joint statement with her husband, Prince Harry, that they won't be debuting their royal baby in the same way.
"Their Royal Highnesses have taken a personal decision to keep the plans around the arrival of their baby private," the statement read. "The Duke and Duchess look forward to sharing the exciting news with everyone once they have had an opportunity to celebrate privately as a new family."
Instead, the couple is expected to wait at least a few days before sharing news of their baby's arrival with the world, once they're ready to take part in a controlled family photo shoot on the grounds of Windsor Castle, where Meghan is expected to undergo a home birth at the couple's newly-renovated Frogmore Cottage.
While the change in tradition is surely to ensure more privacy and less pressure, The Sun's former royal editor, Duncan Larcombe, told Page Six that he thinks the move is "foolish."
"They're basically conducting the birth in virtual secrecy. I think it's a bit foolish," he explained. "Harry absolutely hates being the subject of speculation, and this just shows his petulance to the media . . . it's just a shame."