Royal baby: Prince Philip did THIS during Prince Charles birth- Harry to copy grandfather?
Will Harry copy Prince Philip by doing THIS during the birth of his first child?
Whilst Queen Elizabeth II was in labour with Prince Charles, Prince Philip did something rather peculiar.
The Duke of Edinburgh decided to play squash whilst his eldest son was coming into the world.
He also went for a swim and was reportedly told by a footman to hurry when drying after his dip, as his son had been born.
Daily Mail journalist Steve Bird said: “When the Princess came around from her anaesthetic, the Duke of Edinburgh was there with a bottle of champagne and a large bouquet of red roses and carnations, the Queen’s favourite flowers, that his equerry had the foresight to buy earlier.”
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In modern times, traditions surrounding births have changed drastically, with the father much more involved in the delivery room.
So, Prince Harry will be unlikely to copy his grandfather by taking part in sports whilst Meghan is in labour.
The Queen was actually one of the first to buck the trend of excluding men from labour, by inviting Prince Philip into the room during the birth of their youngest son, Prince Edward.
The book My Husband and I: The Inside Story of 70 Years of the Royal Marriage explores Queen Elizabeth II’s marriage to Prince Philip and detailed how he did something no other royal father had done before.
According to the book’s author, Ingrid Seward: “It was the first time he had been present at the birth of one of his children and he was there at the express invitation of his wife.
“The Queen was thirty-seven. She had not found giving birth easy, but sixteen years had passed since Charles was born and fashions had changed in the interim, even in matters as primary as obstetrics.”
This was a definite change from Philip playing squash as his eldest child was born.
When Meghan gives birth Prince Harry will almost certainly be in the room, potentially alongside Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland.
Ms Ragland has reportedly flown to the UK and is staying close to her daughter in the lead up to the birth.
According to Harper’s Bazaar magazine, Meghan’s mum is staying with the couple at their Frogmore Cottage home in Windsor.
The magazine has claimed Ms Ragland has been staying with Harry, 36 and Meghan, 37, since April 16.
A source backed this up, telling the Sun on Sunday: “Like all mums, Doria wants to be there for her daughter at this seismic event in her life.
“Meghan also wanted to show off her new house to her mum and the two have been enjoying spending time together.”