All the Ways Meghan and Harry’s Baby Photo Op Differed from Kate and Will’s
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle warned us: They would not be doing a traditional photo op a la Kate Middleton and Prince William at the Lindo Wing. Still, their royal introduction to Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor this morning in St. George’s Hall at Windsor Castle did not disappoint. In fact, it got us thinking: How did it compare to the pomp and circumstance of the royal arrivals—ahem, Archie’s cousins—who came before this? Let’s take a quick look back.
Prince George (June 22, 2013)
It’s hard to believe that Archie’s oldest cousin—and heir to the throne—Prince George turns six this year. We can still remember when his mom Kate first strode through the doors of the Lindo Wing, newborn royal baby in hand and wearing a blue polka dot Jenny Packham dress—the perfect homage to her late mother-in-law Princess Diana—while William opted for a simple (and somewhat matchy-matchy) blue button-down. For her first baby, she stayed at St. Mary’s Hospital overnight, leaving early the next morning. (In the UK, the typical length of a postpartum stay is a day and a half—one of the shortest in the world.) One detail worth calling out about Prince George: He seems to be the only royal baby who made their debut not wearing a baby hat. Parental inexperience? Nah. It was June was so probably warm enough that he didn’t need one. (We’re guessing.)
Princess Charlotte (May 2, 2015)
Baby bonnet on and wrapped in a luxe shawl from GH Hurt and Son Ltd., Princess Charlotte made her debut also outside the famous Lindo Wing. This time, his parents William, who wore a blue pull-over, and Kate—who chose to wear another Jenny Packham design—seemed a bit more relaxed. (We’ll never forget the sight of a nervous—and now toddler-size—George strolling up to the front door to go inside and meet his newborn baby sis.) Kate left a cool 10 hours after delivering Char. She also had a gorgeous blowout, no doubt a sign of a delivery room styling session.
Prince Louis (April 23, 2018)
Another Lindo Wing delivery, another Jenny Packham design. Kate again nodded to Princess Di in a shift dress, complete with Peter Pan collar, and in a vibrant red hue that closely mirrored that worn by Diana when she introduced Prince Harry on the same steps years before. For his part, Prince William kicked things up a notch wearing a blue blazer. We also got confirmation of Kate’s pre-photo op glamsquad after her go-to stylist, Natasha Archer, was spotted leaving the Lindo Wing after the birth. (As for how long before departure? Kate made her grand exit seven hours after delivery.)
Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor (May 6, 2019)
After delivering at the Portland Hospital in London, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry opted to delay the official introduction of Baby Sussex to the world for 48 hours. They also picked a new location: The very chapel where they got hitched a year ago at Windsor Castle. For her part, Meghan was coiffed, but relaxed. She wore a double-breasted shirtdress from Grace Wales Bonner and heels, much like her sister-in-law, while Harry dressed up a bit in a gray suit and navy tie. As for Archie? He snoozed the whole time, wrapped up in a baby bonnet and white shawl in a similar fashion to George, Char and Louis, his cousins that came before him.