Meghan Markle is certainly raising little Archie and Lillibet far differently to the way the queen raised her children back in the day – so just what was life like for Princes Charles, Edward and Andrew, and Princess Anne, when they were young? Or Princes William and Harry? Here are 10 photos that show how motherhood has changed in the royal family … 1. Queen Elizabeth gave birth to all her children at home Queen Elizabeth was 22 when she had her first child, Prince Charles. All her and Prince Philip’s four children were born at home – Charles, Edward and Andrew in Buckingham Palace and Anne in Clarence House, a British royal residence in London. 2. Queen Elizabeth had prime time with her kids despite her busy schedule Queen Elizabeth often spent holidays at Balmoral Castle, the royal family’s summer residence in the Scottish Highlands. 3. Princess Diana made many public appearances while pregnant “The Prince and Princess of Wales, the queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and members of both families are delighted by the news,” the palace’s official announcement read when Diana was pregnant with Prince William in 1981. “The princess is in excellent health. The princess hopes to continue to undertake some public engagements but regrets any disappointment which may be caused by any curtailment in her planned programme.” Before Meghan Markle: what happened to Prince Harry’s ex, Chelsy Davy? 4. Diana was the first royal to give birth in a hospital Diana gave birth to Prince William and Prince Harry at the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital in London. 5. Both Princes Harry and William are close with their grandmother Prince William told Katie Couric in 2012 that the queen is a “very good listener”. “If you ever have problems, she will listen, and she will try to help,” he said. “But otherwise she lets you get on with things, and carve your own path. Your successes are your successes, and your failures are your failures. But she’ll be there to help.” In his interview with Oprah Winfrey last year, Harry said that he’s remained close with the queen despite rifts with other royal family members, and speaks to her on Zoom regularly so she can chat with his son, Archie. “I’ve spoken more to my grandmother in the last year than I have done for many, many years,” he said. “My grandmother and I have a really good relationship and an understanding. And I have a deep respect for her. She’s my colonel-in-chief, right? She always will be.” 6. Kate Middleton said greeting the public right after giving birth was “slightly terrifying” Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, also gave birth at the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital. “Everyone had been so supportive, and both William and I were conscious that this was something that everyone was excited about, and we are hugely grateful for the support that the public has shown us, and actually for us to share that joy and appreciation with the public was equally important,” Middleton said on a 2020 episode of the podcast Happy Mum, Happy Baby hosted by Giovanna Fletcher. “But equally, it was coupled with a newborn baby and inexperienced parents and the uncertainty about what that held. So there were all sorts of mixed emotions.” Meet Princess Caroline of Monaco’s daughter Charlotte Casiraghi 7. Middleton shared that pandemic parenting has been exhausting “I think as parents you’ve the day-to-day elements of being a parent, but I suppose during lockdown we have had to take on additional roles that perhaps others in our communities, or in our lives, would have perhaps supported us and helped us with,” Middleton said in a discussion, which was posted on The Royal Family YouTube page in January 2021. She continued: “I’ve become a hairdresser this lockdown, much to my children’s horror, seeing mum cutting hair. We’ve had to become a teacher – and I think, personally, I feel pulled in so many different directions and you try your best with everything, but at the end of the day I do feel exhausted.” 8. Meghan Markle continued making public appearances while pregnant Markle announced her first pregnancy on Kensington Palace’s official Instagram account. She and Prince Harry shared the news before their royal tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga in 2018. Meet Hong Kong’s heiress ‘princess’ Alexandra von Furstenberg 9. Archie was born in Westminster, Lilibet in California Unlike Kate and Diana, Meghan decided to skip the hospital photo op and instead waited two days after the birth of Archie in Portland Hospital, Westminster, to introduce their new baby to the world. “Their Royal Highnesses have taken a personal decision to keep the plans around the arrival of their baby private,” Buckingham Palace shared in a statement before Archie’s birth. “The duke and duchess look forward to sharing the exciting news with everyone once they have had an opportunity to celebrate privately as a new family.” Lilibet was born after Harry and Markle stepped back from their roles as working royals, so there was no public introduction. 10. Markle has advocated for paid family leave in the US In October 2021, Markle wrote to Congress advocating for paid family leave. “I’m not an elected official, and I’m not a politician,” she wrote. “I am, like many, an engaged citizen and a parent. And because you and your congressional colleagues have a role in shaping family outcomes for generations to come, that’s why I’m writing to you at this deeply important time – as a mum – to advocate for paid leave.” In June 2021, Markle published a picture book called The Bench , inspired by Harry and Archie’s close bond. It became a New York Times bestseller. This article originally appeared on Insider Want more stories like this? Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .