Published On: Fri, Aug 23rd, 2019

Royal baby: How this royal hid her pregnancy from the world as baby bump grew | Royal | News

Meghan Markle and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, announced their pregnancy news with statements issued on social media. While it seems inconceivable that someone as high-profile as a royal family member would be able to hide their pregnancy from the world, that is precisely what one princess did – here is how.

Pregnancy was not always spoken about as openly as it is today.

In fact, in 1948 when the Queen (then Princess Elizabeth) became pregnant for the first time with Prince Charles the topic was almost taboo.

Elizabeth’s first pregnancy news announced with a cryptic statement from Buckingham Palace, according to the New York Times.

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A far cry from the flamboyant pregnancy announcements favoured by celebrities today, the statement read: “Her Royal Highness the Princess Elizabeth will undertake no public engagements after the end of June.”

In other words, Princess Elizabeth withdrew from public life about five months before she gave birth to Charles.

She spent much of her first pregnancy out of the public eye and was never photographed with a baby bump.

Prince Charles was born on November 14, 1948, and the Queen was photographed with him on December 15 on the day of his christening.

Prince Philip was not at his wife’s side for the birth and is said to have been playing squash when Prince Charles entered the word.

While it was not reported at the time Prince Charles was delivered by Caesarean-section.

While Kate and Prince William posed with their newborns on the steps of the hospital just hours after their births, Meghan and Harry took a more private approach.

Baby Archie Harrison’s birth was announced by Prince Harry at an impromptu press conference hours after he was delivered on May 6.

Photographs of the new royal did not emerge for tow days after his birth when Meghan and Harry stepped out with their tot for the cameras.

In keeping with royal tradition Baby Archie did have an official christening portrait taken at his baptism on July 6.

While Meghan and Kate have both been swamped by pregnancy speculation in recent weeks, royal etiquette could mean they will never be pregnant at the same time.

The Queen’s sister Princess Margaret was said to have to delay her engagement news until after the Queen gave birth to Prince Andrew in 1960.

The two Duchesses may be expected to work any future pregnancies around one another in case one bit of royal news overshadowed the other.

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