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Newest royal expected to join long tradition of social causes

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Published on April 10, 2019 - Duration: 01:51s

Newest royal expected to join long tradition of social causes

The baby Prince Harry and Meghan are expecting this spring will be born with a silver spoon in his or her mouth, and maybe a fist thrust in the air, wailing for gender equality.

Francesca Lynagh reports.

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Newest royal expected to join long tradition of social causes

Whether it's Princess Diana's AIDS awareness campaign, Meghan's women's rights advocacy, or Harry's wildlife conservation effortsโ€ฆ it's hard to imagine the next royal baby - due later this spring - will be without a cause to fight for.

Just a few weeks ago Meghan hinted that for the new royal, equality would be as important as ABCs.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) DUCHESS OF SUSSEX, MEGHAN, SAYING: ''It's funny I've actually been joking in the past few weeks I'd seen this documentary on Netflix about feminism and one of the things they said during pregnancy was, "I feel the embryonic kicking of feminism, (LAUGHTER) I love that.

So boy or girl or whatever it is, we hope that that's the case, our little bump." The British royal family has backed charities with social causes for years.

Queen Elizabeth has been patron or president of more than 600 charities, ranging from wildlife groups and sporting bodies to military organizations.

Despite being destined for privilege, some expect the royal baby to develop a philanthropic nature from the start.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) CHILD, ADOLESCENT, AND ADULT PSYCHIATRIST AND EMOTIONAL WELLNESS EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM DEVELOPER AND CONSULTANT DR. BYRON YOUNG, SAYING: ''I think having the exposure the socialization the kind of modelling from your parents to do that, kids are paying attention, kids are, you know, are kind of absorbing that in and they see what you take a delight in and often want to take delight in that same thing.

In general I think when you have folks who have lots of power and privilege it can be a bit easy to kind of miss the mark on focusing on folks who don't have power and privilege because that's not your reality.

And so, I think, you know, you really do have to be intentional about instilling those things into your kids if that's not their experience.'' Royal experts say the line between championing a cause and activism shouldn't be crossed - as royals are expected to steer well clear of politics.

Still, it's doubtful Meghan will muzzle herself when it comes to her most impassioned causes or slow her drive even while pushing a stroller.

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