Will Meghan Markle And Prince Harry’s Baby Be Born At Home? Plus, Other Bizarre Royal Birthing Rules

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When you're born into the royal family, things are naturally...different. This will be the case, of course, for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's royal baby due in Spring 2019.

Eventually, the little tot won't be able to , and posting on social media and managing a blog won't be in the cards. That said, this barely scratches the surface of the rules and traditions that the royal family must follow.

And when it comes to actually giving birth, there are also rules that both Meghan and Harry are expected to follow. While some have become last strict over time—mostly thanks to Princess Diana saying "no can do"—others remain the same. Here are 7 of the most interesting facts about royal births:

1) Home births are tradition in the royal family.

Though Princess Diana and Kate Middleton did not follow said tradition—they both gave birth in the private Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital in London—Queen Elizabeth birthed all of her children at Buckingham Palace, reports.

2) Royal births used to require a witness.

Previously, a witness or "" was required to be present in the delivery room to ensure the royal child was not an imposter. According to , the last time this occurred was in 1926, when Queen Elizabeth II was born.

3) It is required that the reigning monarch be the first to know of the birth.

Step aside Doria Ragland, the Queen's in town. Just kidding...sort of. Though this rule is reportedly still in effect, it's hard to imagine Meghan's momma won't be in the delivery room with her, given how close they are. That said, notes that before any official announcement is made, the Queen must be notified, adding, "It's reported that Prince William rang his grandmother on an encrypted phone when Prince George was born."

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4) Fathers are not allowed in the delivery room.

For much of history, birth was considered "a female-only event," continues. This rule has also been relaxed over time, reportedly after the birth of Prince Charles. Prince William was, in fact, in the delivery room when Kate gave birth to Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.

5) Royals have traditionally been given three names, but no surname.

As with Prince George Alexander Louis, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, and Prince Louis Arthur Charles, most royals are given at least 3 names, but are not required to have a surname. Instead, Prince George is known as at school.

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6) Births are traditionally announced on a golden easel in front of Buckingham Palace.

Though in recent years, social media (*ahem* Twitter) has gotten the news out just a bit faster, this tradition still holds true. After the birth of a royal child, an outside the palace.

7) There won't be a gender reveal party.

Typically, the genders of royal babies will never be revealed before their birthdays. It is a .

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