"The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very grateful for the goodwill they have received from people throughout the United Kingdom and around the world as they prepare to welcome their baby", read the statement from Kensington Palace on Thursday.
Some British media have reported that the royal couple are considering a home birth, which would also break with the tradition followed by William and Kate of giving birth in the private wing of St Mary's Hospital in London. The palace press office has announced very few details about their plans, refusing to comment on unconfirmed British media reports that Meghan may opt for a home birth.
As a future king, William is expected to help mark great occasions, while Harry - sixth in the line of succession - has more leeway.
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Baby Sussex already has an army of fans who have generated tens of thousands of pounds for charity via viral initiative #globalsussexbabyshower. Their account broke a world record, gaining one million followers in less than six hours.
Providing information in this way allows them to give a glimpse into their personal lives, while calling the shots on what they do and don't share. Protecting his own family from what he sees as unnecessary intrusion will be a big priority, particularly in an era when anyone can take and publish a photograph. "For me, it's a tricky one, because I'm not part of any of that".
"Meghan Markle does not want the pressure of having to pose on the steps for cameras so soon after childbirth", the source says, adding that, while the couple is "extremely excited" for the birth of their first child, they intend to "enjoy the magic of childhood without any undue expectations". According to Ashley Pearson, the duchess gets up at 5 o'clock and starts her day by texting her staff about the things to do for that day.
In the anguished letter the Duchess said she was devastated by her her father's Thomas Markle's public attacks on her and she penned the anguished letter begging him to patch up their differences privately.