How the debut of Duchess Meghan’s royal baby was different from Princess Diana and Duchess Kate

By Meaghan Wray

Duchess Meghan is a member of British royalty, but there’s no denying she and her husband like to do things a little differently. When it comes to how Meghan and Prince Harry chose to debut their newborn baby boy on Wednesday (May 8), they did away with the royal rule book and paved their own paths that differed greatly from Duchess Kate and the late Princess Diana.

Meghan and Harry did things their own way, debuting their son in Windsor Castle two days after his birth. Photo: © Dominic Lipinski/AFP/Getty Images

Meghan stepped out in a beautiful cream Givenchy trench dress and Manolo Blahnik pumps alongside her dapper beau Prince Harry. The duo opted against a Lindo Wing debut and went for something more low key. Prince Charles and Prince William are heirs to the throne, after all, so why Diana and Kate went the more public route is understandable. But it’s not surprising the Sussexes chose not to, since their birthing plans were also very private.

The duchess wore polkadots in what many saw was an homage to Diana’s look during Prince William’s debut. Photo: © Getty Images

The Duchess of Cambridge chose to give a subtle nod to her husband’s late mom, Diana, for Prince George and Prince Louis’s debuts. Kate’s red-and-white Jenny Packham dress, worn during her most recent Lindo Wing appearance, bore striking resemblance to the frock Diana wore to debut Prince Harry in 1984. Similarly, Kate dazzled in polka dots when she introduced Prince George to the world. That’s the same pattern her late mother-in-law wore to debut Prince William. Kate went her own way with Princess Charlotte, and wore a seasonal yellow dress on the sunny spring day in 2015.

Kate wore red and white, just like Diana did when she debuted Prince Harry. Photo: © Getty Images

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Even Meghan and Harry’s birthing plan veered from tradition. Kate’s labour announcement was followed by all three of her children’s debuts on the Lindo Wing steps just hours after they were born. But Harry and Meghan took two days before Baby Sussex’s official welcome. They also showed their son to only a few cameras and reporters, rather than crowds of people and flashing bulbs. They also chose to announce the birth and gender on their official Instagram account, which preceded an official announcement by Buckingham Palace.

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