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Harry And Meghan Shunned Royal Tradition In Unveiling Their Baby To The World

The media circus of the hospital departure is A LOT.

Posted on May 8, 2019, at 4:34 p.m. ET

As you've probably heard, Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, have a newborn son.

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For the past 30 years, it's been a tradition for royals to pose for photos as they leave the hospital with their newborn.

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Well, Harry and Meghan broke with tradition during their introduction Wednesday of little Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

We know Harry and Meghan value their privacy. Before she gave birth, they said they were looking forward to "an opportunity to celebrate privately as a new family."

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So it makes sense they invited just a small group of reporters to a short "media moment" on Wednesday with their new family of three at Windsor Castle.

β€œWe’re just so thrilled to have our own little bundle of joy” Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, introduce their new baby son to the world https://t.co/RGfVNoJgmF

Why? Well, remember this photo of Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, leaving the hospital with Prince George in 2013?

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This is what it looked like from their point of view.

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Cameras and people everywhere.

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People hanging out of windows to catch a glimpse of the young royals.

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Literally filling up the street (which had to be closed for this very reason).

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People and cameras surrounding their car as they drove home.

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"Well, sure," you might think. "Prince George is going to be king one day! No other royal baby got that much attention."

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Let's fast-forward to 2015, when Princess Charlotte was born and Kate left the hospital THE SAME DAY SHE GAVE BIRTH.

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Here's the first thing they saw when they left the hospital.

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And waiting for them at the other end of the street.

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Being held back by police officers.

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And Prince Louis? The third child? Who was born last year and left the hospital with his parents seven hours later?

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The same crowds of people lining the street and photographers waiting on ladders for that perfect exit shot.

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The same police and barricades keeping everyone out of the streets.

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The same cheering fans taking photos on their cellphones.

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You can't blame Harry and Meghan for wanting to skip all that, TBH.

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Congratulations on the new baby! And thanks for letting the world see little Archie at all.

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