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The important first duty Prince Harry will fulfil when Meghan gives birth

9Honey logo 9Honey 02/04/2019 Chloe Arentz

Meghan Markle wearing a suit and tie: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their first child within weeks. © PA/AAP The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their first child within weeks. Prince Harry is expected to adhere to royal tradition by fulfilling an important first duty after wife Meghan Markle gives birth.

The Duke of Sussex, 34, will need to directly inform Queen Elizabeth II of the sex of his newborn child immediately after the birth, before revealing the news to anyone else.

This includes telling the Queen before any other royal or member of Harry and Meghan’s families.

In a new ITV documentary, Secrets of the Royal Babies: Harry and Meghan, royal historian Kate Williams explained that this is because the Queen is “the head of the family.”

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"What normally happens is that there is an encrypted phone that cannot be tapped and he will tell her (whether it’s) a girl or boy,” said Williams.

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry standing next to a person in a suit and tie: The couple will be able to spend quality time with their first child before the baby's name and gender are made public. © AP/AAP The couple will be able to spend quality time with their first child before the baby's name and gender are made public. After the phone call, the Duke and Duchess will get some private time with the baby before an official statement is to be issued to the public. 

The royal protocol - which dates back generations - was also followed by Prince William when Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis were born.

Meghan Markle et al. that are standing in a parking lot: Meghan completed her last official royal duties on Commonwealth Day and is now on maternity leave. © PA/AAP Meghan completed her last official royal duties on Commonwealth Day and is now on maternity leave. There is much speculation as to what other royal traditions Harry and Meghan will choose to adhere to, following reports the Duchess will not give birth at the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington.

Instead, the couple have reportedly chosen somewhere more private.

It has also been suggested that Harry and Meghan won’t make a public appearance with the baby hours after the birth.

The royal baby, who is seventh in line to the throne, is expected to be born before the end of April.

Pictures: Prince Harry and Meghan's baby: What we know so far

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