With the royal baby making a grand debut in mere weeks, the soon-to-be parents recently released a statement on Meghan Markle’s birth plan. But if you’re expecting a detailed description, think again.

So what do we know? Unlike Kate Middleton, Markle won’t stop for a photo op on the hospital’s steps after delivery. Instead, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex plan to take their first official parenting pics at home on the grounds of Windsor Castle.

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What an incredibly special surprise the grassroots led #globalsussexbabyshower was last Sunday! The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are immensely grateful for the outpouring of love and support in anticipation of the birth of their first child. In lieu of sending gifts, the couple have long planned to encourage members of the public to make donations to select charities for children and parents in need. If you already made a donation, the couple send you their greatest thanks. If you are thinking about it, they ask that you kindly consider the following organisations they’ve selected, which we will highlight here over the next few days: @thelunchboxfund @littlevillagehq @wellchild @baby2baby The Duke and Duchess remain appreciative for your warm wishes and kindness during this especially happy time in their lives! Thank you for sharing the love ❤️

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When it comes to the royal delivery, Markle may not follow in Middleton’s footsteps either. Even though the Duchess of Sussex hasn’t released specific details, there’s plenty of speculation that she’ll give birth at home in Frogmore Cottage. But in the event of a hospital delivery, it doesn’t look like Markle will labor in the upscale private Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital where her SIL gave birth. The hospital, which is 25 miles away from Markle’s home, isn’t the nearest (or most practical) option.

Even though the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are departing from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s birth and post-birth pans, it’s likely the palace will still announce when Markle goes into labor. But instead of looking for the announcement on Kensington Royal’s Instagram feed, you’ll find it on the couples’s new IG account @sussexroyal.

—Erica Loop

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