Luxury pram company, iCandy, were spotted making a visit to the Duchess of Sussex’s new home leading to speculation that she will be choosing to use their pushchairs with her new baby
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry appear to have chosen a pram for their expected newborn, but it could raise questions for the Royal family.
Luxury brand iCandy may have been chosen to supply the new Royal baby’s pushchair, breaking centuries of tradition.
The Duchess of Sussex is believed to favour the company used by Victoria Beckham and Andy Murray, rather than the traditional Silver Cross pram.
This comes days after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced they will move their staff and offices to Buckingham Palace amid rift rumours between the Sussex household and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
A delivery from the company was spotted arriving at the royal couple’s future home Frogmore Estate, Windsor, last week.
Use of the Silver Cross pram was started as a tradition by the Queen’s grandparents, George V and Mary of Teck, for the Queen’s father George VI. It was then used by the Queen, the Duchess of Cambridge, and for other royals including Princess Diana.
The ‘luxury’ iCandy pushchair company’s car – emblazoned with their logo – was seen pulling up at the Estate’s security gates.
The 86-year-old firm’s buggies have proved popular for being easy to use and fold.
They received the Queen’s Award for enterprise in 2016 and employ her granddaughter Zara Tindall as an ambassador.
It was waved through by guards onto the road leading to Harry and Meghan’s future cottage.
Prince Harry and Meghan have reportedly been cutting ties with Kensington Palace, where they currently live and work, before the move out to the new Windsor Park home later this year.
The iCandy car was seen pulling up at the security gates of the Frogmore Estate last week before being waved through
iCandy have just six pushchairs in their range, including the most expensive iCandy for Land Rover, an all-terrain pram with puncture-proof tyres and an extendable canopy that will shield passengers from the sun.
iCandy prams have also been used by celebrities Abbey Clancy, Peter Crouch, and Sir Richard Branson.
The company’s website boasts that its engineering rivals ‘a plane, not a pushchair’ and says its designs have a ‘luxury, modern’ look.
Silver Cross, which boasts a 122-year history from when its founder William Wilson made the world’s first baby carriage, has traditionally been used by the royals.
The Queen and her husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, were often seen pushing a young Prince Charles in a Silver Cross pram.
Kate and William favoured a ‘Balmoral’-style Silver Cross pram for their children which costs around £1,500
A photo from 1965 shows Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip with their children, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward in his Silver Cross
A photo from 1963 shows Prince William’s mother Diana, later Princess of Wales, sat in her buggy in the grounds of Althorp in Northamptonshire
Harry and William’s mother, Princess Diana, was also pushed around in a Silver Cross during her earliest days at the families Northamptonshire estate, Althorp.
William and Kate favoured a ‘Balmoral’ Silver Cross, but it is yet to be clear if Harry and Meghan will also use the traditional pushchair.
Silver Cross models can cost up to £2,500, with the ‘140th Balmoral’ being the most expensive.
Their ‘Balmoral’ model costs £1,800 while the classic ‘Kensington’ model costs £1,500.
The company also sells strollers and several modern-looking prams.
Queen Elizabeth II is pushed in her Silver Cross pram followed by followed by Queen Mary in 1927, the Queen Mother, King George V and her father King George VI through the grounds of Balmoral
The company, which sells pushchairs for up to £1,500, have proved popular because they are easy to fold up and carry but are a far cry from the traditional Silver Cross prams used by Kate and William
iCandy sells just six different prams on their website which have previously been favoured by Victoria Beckham and Andy Murray