By Stacey Leasca
March 26, 2019
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, are well-known for doing things a little differently than the rest of the royals. As the duo prepares to welcome their first child into the world they seem to be doing it on their own terms. And that’s why you’ll likely hear about the birth of their baby in a rather unique way — at least for the royals.

In October, Harry and Meghan announced they were having their first baby. However, instead of doing so through an official press release, the pair announced their pregnancy on social media.

"Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019,” Kensington Palace shared in an Instagram photo. "Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public."

In contrast, Prince William and Kate Middleton announced their pregnancies and birth of both their first children via a royal spokesperson to the press. In 2012, a spokesperson shared the news they were expecting their first child, Prince George. In 2014 it was the same. However, in 2017, Kensington Palace did share the news of their third pregnancy on social media, sharing in part, "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their third child. The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news.”

Following the birth of Prince Louis, the pair then posted on Twitter once more.

And social media is where you’ll likely hear about Prince Harry and Meghan’s arrival too. So make sure to stay tuned to all @KensingtonRoyal accounts.

Of course, you can still expect a little pomp and circumstance to be involved as well. As tradition dictates, a framed notice of the baby’s birth will likely go on display on a ceremonial easel outside of Buckingham Palace. The notice will display the time of birth and the sex of the child.

One thing we likely won’t find out right away is the baby’s name. The royals typically keep us guessing for a few days then reveal the big news through an official announcement as well. But, that’s ok as it allows us a few more days to place our bets.

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