Now that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are playing by their own rules, there's a good chance they won't follow royal protocol when it comes to sharing the first picture of their newborn daughter, Lillibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.
"They obviously did that lovely birth announcement with a picture of pregnant Meghan and Harry cuddling her," Daily Mail editor Charlie Lankston explained, referring to the black-and-white photos the couple's pal Misan Harriman shot and released on February 14. "I think they will go much the same route when it comes to sharing that first picture of Lili."
When the pair welcomed their first child, 2-year-old son Archie, it was a public event, as they stepped out in front of dozens of cameras at Windsor Castle. However, Lankston believes Lili's pictures will be in a much more intimate setting.
"It won't be a photocall, they aren't going to stand outside their home, holding up their baby for the world to see," the editor predicted. "What they will do is take photos — likely in the privacy of their own home, possibly in the garden, possibly inside with Meghan holding Lili — but what we do know is that it will be a very individually done shoot."
The parents revealed Lili's arrival through a post on their Archewell website.
"It is with great joy that Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, welcome their daughter, Lilibet 'Lili' Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, to the world," a message read. "Lili was born on Friday, June 4 at 11:40 a.m. in the trusted care of the doctors and staff at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, CA."
"She weighed 7 lbs 11 oz. Both mother and child are healthy and well, and settling in at home," the note continued. "Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet. Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honor her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales."
The statement was followed by a personal note from the couple.
"On June 4th, we were blessed with the arrival of our daughter, Lili. She is more than we could have ever imagined, and we remain grateful for the love and prayers we’ve felt from across the globe," they gushed. "Thank you for your continued kindness and support during this very special time for our family."