Meghan Markle won't be able to celebrate this pregnancy milestone

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle won’t be able to learn the sex of their unborn baby if royal tradition is followed. Photo: Getty

Words by Alicia Vrajlal.

From Prince Harry’s gushing tributes in his speech to Meghan Markle cradling her baby bump while on tour, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been cherishing the journey since announcing they’ll become parents next year.

But there’s a special moment during the pregnancy that Meghan and Harry won’t be able to experience and celebrate if royal tradition is followed.

Usually a woman can choose to learn of the sex of her unborn baby at the 16-20 week mark of her pregnancy, which Meghan is said to have reached.

Breaking royal tradition

However royals, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, have historically chosen not to find out.

If the former Suits star decides to follow tradition, she won’t get to celebrate this exciting moment which many other mums choose to.

What royal experts say

The royal couple announced the pregnancy last month. Photo: Getty

“Knowing the sex in advance is more American than British,” royal expert and historian Marlene Koenig told Harper’s Bazaar.

“I will be surprised if they know the sex in advance. If they find out, they will not be telling the world. I cannot think of any British or European royal announcing the sex of a child before the announcement is made.” 

Harry wants a baby girl

Prince Harry, 34, and Meghan, 37, announced last month while on their royal tour of Australia, that they are expecting their first child together.

During a cycling race in Sydney during the tour, Harry let slip what gender he hopes his baby will be.

“Congratulations, I hope it’s a girl,” a well-wisher is reported to have called out to the Duke, according to the Daily Mirror.

The Duke then reportedly responded by saying: “So do I!”.

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