The late Princess of Wales changed the royal rules around childbirth for Prince William's wife

The royal hospital rule Princess Diana changed for Princess Kate and Meghan Markle

Since the late Princess Diana attained a royal title in 2011, admirers of the royal family have drawn comparisons between her and the Princess of Wales.

Princess Catherine’s personality is frequently linked to William’s late mother due to her nurturing tendencies, passion for childhood development, impeccable sense of style, and competitive sporty streak.


Kate and Diana wore similar outfits to leave hospital after childbirth
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However, Princess Diana broke with a particular royal parenting guideline, unknowingly creating a new route for other royal moms, such as her daughter-in-law Princess Catherine.

Prior to the late Princess’s outrageously disobedient behaviour, royal women were supposed to give birth at home. The King was born at Buckingham Palace because the late Queen Elizabeth gave birth to all four of her children at home.

Prince William became the first future monarch to be born in a hospital when Princess Diana broke royal protocol and gave birth to him at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London, on June 21, 1982, at 9:03 p.m.


Kate and Diana had their children at the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital
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Then, on September 15, 1984, in the Lindo Wing, Diana went back to the same hospital two years later to give birth to Prince Harry. When Princess Catherine became pregnant in 2012, it was undoubtedly a case of “if it’s good enough for Princess Diana, it’s good enough for me.”

Following in her late mother-in-law’s footsteps, the Princess of Wales gave birth to Prince George on July 22, 2013, vaginally, in the same Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital.


William and Kate waved to crowds outside the hospital following Prince George’s birth
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Despite her intention to give birth at home, as per royal protocol, Meghan Markle, the wife of Prince Harry, gave birth to her two children, Archie, age four, and Lilibet, age two, in a hospital. While Lilibet was born at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California, Archie was born at Portland Hospital in London, the same hospital that gave birth to Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.

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Archie was born in The Portland Hospital
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There are more parallels between Meghan Markle and Princess Diana. In the first episode of the Netflix documentary Harry & Meghan, the Duke of Sussex said, “So much of what Meghan is and how she is, is so similar to my mum.” “She is equally compassionate. She is equally empathetic. She exudes the same assurance. She exudes a certain warmth.”


Meghan and Harry spoke to the press in St George’s Hall at Windsor Castle after she gave birth to Archie at The Portland Hospital   Photo: © Getty Images

Princess Diana valued a hands-on parenting approach, and Princess Catherine and Meghan do the same. Both women are obviously loving mothers based on the public observations made about the Wales children as well as video footage of Meghan cuddling with Archie.


William and Kate posed for a photo after the birth of Prince Louis
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Danielle Stacey, the online royal correspondent for HELLO!, said, “Catherine is often seen holding her children’s hands or picking them up for cuddles when they were smaller.” “There are a lot of consoling gestures, like a pat on the back or stroking their hair,” she went on. On her public appearances, Catherine frequently lowers herself to the level of the kids to interact with them, something Diana would also frequently do.”

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