Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you will have heard the wonderful news that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, ie Meghan and Harry, are expecting a baby.
For those who aren’t up on their trans-hemisphere season calculations, spring in the UK equates to March through to May with the baby probably due some time in April 2019.
“Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public.” Royal Family UK
Baby won’t be a prince or princess
Although dad-to-be is a Prince, due to the complexities of the British Royal Family, the new baby will not have the title of Prince or Princess. In 1917 King George V limited the titles in the Royal Family. As such, grandchildren of the ruling monarch are not automatically given the title Prince or Princess. Although, the Queen made an amendment in 2012 so that the children of William and Kate, who are higher in the line of succession, would all be called Prince or Princess.
If the couple have a boy, he will likely take one of Harry’s titles that he was given on his wedding day, ie Earl of Dumbarton or Baron Kilkeel. If the baby is a girl, she will be known as Lady Mountbatten-Windsor.
To make it even more confusing, senior royals don’t often use a last name. Before 1917 they had no last name at all – after all, when you’re the “King of England” everyone knows who you are! King George V (he was a busy guy!) then decreed that the surname would be Windsor, which has become Mountbatten-Windsor since the marriage of the Queen and Prince Phillip.
The new baby may be given the surname Sussex, referring to Harry’s title of Duke of Sussex. The children of Prince William (Duke of Cambridge) use the name Cambridge for school.
The line of succession
As for taking the throne, the new baby will be quite a way down the list, taking eighth place.
- Prince Charles
- Prince William
- Prince George
- Princess Charlotte
- Prince Louis
- Prince Harry
- Harry and Meghan’s baby
- Prince Andrew
- Princess Beatrice
- Princess Eugenie
This article was written by Julie Scanlon, Editor for Kidspot NZ.
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