How Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's baby will be raised very differently to their royal cousins

16 January 2019, 16:04 | Updated: 18 January 2019, 10:56

The Duke & Duchess Of Sussex Visit Sussex
The Duke & Duchess Of Sussex Visit Sussex. Picture: Getty

The couple's first baby is due in a few weeks - and it will grow up very differently to Prince William and Kate Middleton's brood.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will raise their child in Frogmore Cottage which is currently undergoing a multi-million pound renovation - and their choice of family home will have a significant impact on how their children are raised.

Prince William and Kate Middleton's children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, will have been raised in Kensington Palace in Central London, meaning there will be huge differences between the cousins.

OK! Magazine's royal editor said: “It has always been important to Harry and Meghan to do things their own way and raising a baby will be no different.

“Like Kate and William before them they will be determined to give their child as normal an upbringing as possible.”

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It's also believed we might not see as much of the new royal baby as we might like, as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are likely to keep their child’s public outings to an absolute minimum.

Laura added: “While Meghan and Harry no doubt understand there will be intense public interest in their son or daughter they won’t parade him or her out as a royal trophy and will instead keep their public appearances to an absolute minimum, much like Kate and William have done with their children."

It's also speculated that Meghan and Harry will refuse to give their children a royal title, meaning their responsibilities will differ greatly.

Laura continued: “As seventh in line to the throne their baby won’t have the level of expectation and responsibility that Prince George or the other Cambridge children have.

“While their child will always be a senior member of the royal family and expected to attend big family events and represent them when required, they will have the freedom to go on to have a career of their own if they wish, just like Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice have done.”

The Duchess Of Sussex is expected to give birth in April
The Duchess Of Sussex is expected to give birth in April. Picture: Getty

This new found freedom would give their children more time to spend away from the spotlight, and also shield them from public scrutiny.

Laura mused: “With so much distance from the throne they'll be allowed to break away from some of the stricter royal conventions and have more freedom to decide which direction their life takes than their cousins."