Meghan Markle is set to give birth to her first child with Prince Harry any day now, and new reports are coming in stating that she is planning to do so in “virtual secrecy.”

Fox News reported that Meghan and Harry are planning to do a home birth at Frogmore Cottage, but they will have a helicopter waiting for them should they need to go to the hospital. Sources say that Meghan is not planning to take part in the royal tradition of posing for photos with her baby immediately after giving birth, saying that she “feels sorry” for her sister-in-law Kate Middleton having to do this.

“They’re basically conducting the birth in virtual secrecy. I think it’s a bit foolish,” said royal expert Duncan Larcombe. “Harry absolutely hates being the subject of speculation, and this just shows his petulance to the media … it’s just a shame.”

A close friend of Meghan’s said that the Duchess of Sussex and her mother Doria Ragland will likely be very particular when it comes to how this child is raised.

“Meghan and Doria are like two peas in a pod. Both perfectionists, both can be controlling, but they know their own minds for sure,” the friend said. “They just like things the way they like them. Everyone in the family says that when they’re together, Harry — who is extremely fond of Doria — will have to take a back seat. He won’t be able to get a word in edgewise.”

This comes after Kensington Palace announced that Meghan and Harry will be keeping the birth a secret until they are ready to introduce their child to the world at a later time.

“Their Royal Highnesses have taken a personal decision to keep the plans around the arrival of their baby private,” the palace said. “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.”

Since joining the royal family, Meghan has made it clear that she intends to break some royal rules as she shakes things up. While Meghan should certainly be allowed to give birth in any way she sees fit, there’s something to be said for honoring traditions that have been around for decades. Going forward, I hope that Meghan decides that a lot of royal traditions are worth following after all.

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