How Future Baby Sussex Will Be Subjected To Royal Breastfeeding Rules
All parents would agree with us that raising a child is by no means easy. There are myriad things about upbringing that must be kept in mind: food, education, clothing, manners, and the list could be endless. And these difficulties increase significantly when bringing up heirs to the British throne. So Meghan and Harry, as parents-to-be, have to consider many royal rules and regulations when it comes to raising their kids.
Shockingly, there are practices even for something as simple and natural as breastfeeding! Crazy, right? Luckily for you, we have the ideal article to understand better all the things that the Duchess and Duke of Sussex will have to consider once their firstborn arrives. Let us start the parental journey of what it means to have highborn offspring!
CRACKING THE BOOKS
It should come as no surprise that high-quality education is a must among royals. Prince Harry attended the reputable Eton College and then the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, while Meghan obtained a bachelor's degree in theater and international studies from Northwestern University.
In recent generations, we have Prince George attending Thomas's Battersea and Princess Charlotte studying at Willcocks with tuition that costs $12,000 a year. Both of them are prestigious yet costly institutions where kids make excellent progress. With such examples, the chances are that the Sussex couple will also opt for a distinguished school for their little one when the time comes.
As public figures, blue-blood members need to learn how to interact accordingly with people, and getting the knack of it starts even before they babble. After all, royalty needs to meet with dignitaries and influential people from across the globe, so mastering the "art of polite conversation" in formal events is a must for kids, according to CheatSheet.
Part of this process involves learning multiple languages, and the British monarchy has a fascinating record in this matter. By the Telegraph, the Queen is well-known for her excellent French, whereas Prince Charle once gave a speech in five different languages.
Moreover, Prince Harry was heard speaking Arabic while he was in Dubai. And the little ones in the family, Princess Charlotte and Prince George, are learning Spanish with their Spain-native babysitter. The chances are that the new baby will also learn at least one foreign language once he or she is old enough.
Royal parents want their kids to have a childhood with traditional toys, so high-tech devices are not part of the list. Curiously, tablets and smart gadgets are forbidden for children in the royal household. George and Charlotte are banned from using them, and it's very likely the upcoming baby will follow in his/her cousins' footsteps.
According to Little Things, "This doesn’t have to do with security risks, although that is certainly a concern in such a high-profile family. Instead, the ban reflects the royal parents’ desire to let their kids have an unplugged childhood, far away from the media and attention that will follow them as adults."
Although traditional games certainly include board ones, there is a particular type that is prohibited in the royal household: Monopoly. According to the Telegraph, Prince Andrew was the one who made the revelation when he was presented with the entertainment tool. He stated, "We're not allowed to play Monopoly at home. It gets too vicious."
Royal kids can't don whatever their parents wish. They must have a particular closet that follows the English aristocratic style and noble traditions. That is the reason why Prince George always puts on shorts. William Hanson, an etiquette expert, explained this to Harper's Bazaar.
"Trousers are for older boys and men, whereas shorts on young boys is one of those silent class markers that we have in England... A pair of trousers on a young boy is considered quite middle class – quite suburban."
On the other hand, Princess Charlotte tends to don smock dresses with Peter Pan collars. Her style also includes Mary Jane shoes and hairbows, all in neutral shades that match her parents' outfits. With this in mind, Meghan's firstborn, no matter whether it is a boy or a girl, should adhere to proper attire; however, new reports say the contrary.
Express informed that Meghan might break the British tradition with her first baby. "She’s determined her child won’t be paraded around in little shorts like Prince George," asserted the source. Perhaps, if Meghan has a daughter, we will get to see the girl donning jeans and pants. Who knows?
NURSING NOBLE BABIES
Have you ever seen a royal mother breastfeeding? No, right? Despite having very public lives, it is hard to imagine Duchess Kate, Princess Diana, and least of all, Queen Elizabeth II, nursing their babies. So now the one-million-dollar question is whether there is a prohibition for royal mothers regarding the matter.
SEARCHING INTO THE ARCHIVES
With hindsight, let's consider a bit of this practice's history. Centuries ago, royal women such as Queen Victoria and Princess Margaret did not breastfeed their babies since they found it distasteful and improper for a noble lady. Instead, they requested the help of wet nurses for that purpose.
As CheatSheet reported, the main reason behind it was so that "Queens were free to resume their duties and begin the process of conceiving the next heir." Apart from, there was an old belief that affirmed breast milk would get curdled if parents resumed marital relations before weaning.
Despite the long-lasting avoidance and assumptions, Elizabeth II set a new precedent by nursing her whole brood. Subsequently, Diana did the same with Princes William and Harry, and then Catherine followed suit with her three children. The truth is that there has never been a law prohibiting nursing; it was merely an unusual habit among royalty before the Queen.
AND BABY SUSSEX?
Now that we have a new mother-to-be, Duchess Meghan, the enigma is whether she'll nurse their firstborn or not. As we know, the Sussex couple has been in the spotlight even before tying the knot; however, the lovebirds have also attempted to protect their private lives.
It's also clear that Meghan has feminist leanings, so breastfeeding could probably fit in this way of thinking. Moreover, Prince Harry was breastfed as a baby; therefore, it'd be an excellent way to follow in daddy's footsteps. Considering all, there's every likelihood that the mama-to-be will adopt the practice for her baby.
In fact, according to Evoke, it's said the Markle might help to normalize breastfeeding by doing so in public. The source added that this shift would reflect a new and modern royal woman. Wow! That would be outrageous for royalty! It's uncertain if Meg will get to that point though, so we'll have to wait and see if the idea becomes a reality.
As Duchess Kate once said about the nurturing manner, "It is a matter of personal choice, and new mums should do whatever feels right for them and their baby," as per Mirror's report. However, the source also claimed that Kate was never photographed nursing because she didn't want to turn into a pin-up for the breastfeeding lobby.
Wow! Thank goodness Meghan and Harry still have some time to digest all this information, but regarding breastfeeding, what do you think Meghan's stance will be? Let us know in the comment section down below, but don't go too far because we'll continue to keep you posted through more fantastic articles about royal topics.