Prince Harry, Meghan aim to keep baby arrival plans private

FILE - In this file photo dated Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, Britain's Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, leaves after visiting the National Theatre in London. Prince Harry and his pregnant wife Meghan, say they have decided to keep plans around their first baby's arrival private, Kensington Palace officials said in a statement Thursday April 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, FILE)
Wellwishers welcome Britain's Prince Harry as he arrives for the official opening of 'Future', a new Youth Zone in London, Thursday April 11, 2019. The purpose built youth facility for the borough's young people has been created by the charity OnSide Youth Zones. (Chris Jackson/PA via AP)
Britain's Prince Harry arrives for the official opening of 'Future', a new Youth Zone in London, Thursday April 11, 2019. The purpose built youth facility for the borough's young people has been created by the charity OnSide Youth Zones. (Chris Jackson/PA via AP)
FILE - In this file photo dated Friday, March 8, 2019, Britain's Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, leaves King's College after joining a panel discussion convened by The Queen's Commonwealth Trust to mark International Women's Day in London. Prince Harry and his pregnant wife Meghan, say they have decided to keep plans around their first baby's arrival private, Kensington Palace officials said in a statement Thursday April 11, 2019.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein, FILE)
FILE - In this Monday, March 11, 2019 file photo, Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex leave after the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in London. Guinness World Records said Wednesday, April 3 that a new Instagram account opened by Prince Harry and his wife Meghan is the fastest-ever to gain 1 million followers. The account, which was opened Tuesday, reached the 1 million mark in under six hours, easily beating a record held by Korean pop sensation Kang Daniel. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, file)
Britain's Prince Harry arrives for the official opening of 'Future', a new Youth Zone in London, Thursday April 11, 2019. The purpose built youth facility for the borough's young people has been created by the charity OnSide Youth Zones. (Chris Jackson/PA via AP)
Britain's Prince Harry meets a wellwisher as he arrives for the official opening of 'Future', a new Youth Zone in London, Thursday April 11, 2019. The purpose built youth facility for the borough's young people has been created by the charity OnSide Youth Zones. (Chris Jackson/PA via AP)
Britain's Prince Harry arrives for the official opening of 'Future', a new Youth Zone in London, Thursday April 11, 2019. The purpose built youth facility for the borough's young people has been created by the charity OnSide Youth Zones. (Chris Jackson/PA via AP)

LONDON — Prince Harry and his pregnant wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, say they have decided to keep plans around their first baby's arrival private.

Kensington Palace officials said in a statement Thursday that Harry and Meghan "look forward" to sharing the news of their baby's birth once they have had a chance to celebrate privately as a new family.

The decision means that Harry and Meghan are not likely to pose for the world's photographers and TV crews on the hospital steps with their newborn, a break from the royal tradition followed by Prince William and his wife Kate, the duchess of Cambridge, when she gave birth to their three children.

As a future king, William is expected to help mark great occasions, while Harry — sixth in the line of succession — has more leeway. Both have in the past expressed deep misgivings about intrusive press coverage.

Harry and Meghan — an American actress best known for her work on "Suits" — wed in May in a spectacular, internationally televised ceremony at Windsor Castle.

They are expecting their first child in late April or early May. The palace press office has announced very few details about their plans, refusing to comment on unconfirmed British press reports that Meghan may opt for a home birth.

Harry and Meghan say they have not learned the gender of their baby.

The couple recently moved from central London to a more secluded house near their wedding venue.

They recently set up an Instagram account, leading to speculation they may post the first pictures of their baby on that site. That account broke an Instagram record for quickly attracting millions of fans.

They said in their statement they are grateful for the goodwill messages they have received from around the world.

Harry and Meghan have asked people who want to send them baby gifts to instead donate to selected charities for children and parents in need. They mentioned several charities in particular, including The Lunchbox Fund, WellChild, Baby2Baby and Little Village, which all have different connections to the royal couple.

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