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Monday, 15 October 2018

Revealed: How Meghan and Harry's baby will be SEVENTH in line to the throne - but WON'T be a prince or princess

  • Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their first child together next spring
  • The baby will be seventh in line to the throne behind Prince Harry, 34 
  • Means Harry's uncle Prince Andrew is bumped down the line into eighth place
  • Baby will not be a prince or princess unless the Queen steps in to change rules
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's child will be seventh-in-line to the British throne. 
The child will come behind his or her father Prince Harry in the line of succession, bumping his uncle, the Duke of York, further down the line into eighth place.  
However the child will not be given the title of prince or princess unless the Queen steps into change the rules. Instead a son would be styled the Earl of Dumbarton, while a daughter would be Lady (first name) Mountbatten-Windsor.
Kensington Palace announced today the Duchess of Sussex is pregnant with her first child. The baby is expected in Spring next year.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's child will be seventh-in-line to the throne. This graphic reveals how he or she will come after his or her father Prince Harry in the line of succession
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's child will be seventh-in-line to the throne. This graphic reveals how he or she will come after his or her father Prince Harry in the line of succession
Harry and Meghan, pictured two weeks ago, announced today that they are expecting their first child in the spring of next year. Their child will not be given the title of prince or princess
Harry and Meghan, pictured two weeks ago, announced today that they are expecting their first child in the spring of next year. Their child will not be given the title of prince or princess
The child will bump Harry's uncle the Duke of York further down the line into eighth place. Pictured, Prince Andrew with daughter Princess Eugenie at her wedding last Friday

The child will bump Harry's uncle the Duke of York further down the line into eighth place. Pictured, Prince Andrew with daughter Princess Eugenie at her wedding last FridayThe happy news was announced hours after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex touched down in Sydney, pictured, for their first major international tour since their wedding in May
The happy news was announced hours after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex touched down in Sydney, pictured, for their first major international tour since their wedding in May
The happy news was announced hours after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex touched down in Sydney for their first major international tour since their wedding in May.
A Kensington Palace said: 'Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 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.'
The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were told in person at the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank at Windsor Castle last Friday.Line of succession: Prince Charles (left at Princess Eugenie's wedding last Friday) is the heir to the throne, followed by his son Prince William (second from left)
Prince George, five, pictured at Eugenie's wedding, is third in line to the British throne, while three-year-old Princess Charlotte, pictured, is fourth in line to the throne
Prince Louis, the youngest child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, is fifth in line to the British throne. Pictured, William and Kate with their newborn son after his birth in April
Rumours were rife that Meghan may be pregnant after her mother Doria Ragland was seen taking baby-care classes in Pasadena with a view to looking after her new grandchild.  
The duchess has also been seen in a number of looser-fitting outfits over recent weeks.  

Why Meghan and Harry's child will not be a prince or princess

King George V - Harry's great great grandfather - limited titles within the royal family in 1917.
This means Harry and Meghan's first born, as a great-grandchild of the sovereign, is too far down the line of succession to be an HRH.
George V declared that: "the grandchildren of the sons of any such Sovereign in the direct male line (save only the eldest living son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales) shall have and enjoy in all occasions the style and title enjoyed by the children of Dukes of these Our Realms."
The eldest son and heir apparent of a duke can use one of his father's lesser grade peerage titles by courtesy, according to Debrett's.
So a first son of Harry's would become Earl of Dumbarton - one of the subsidiary titles Harry received from the Queen on the morning of his wedding.
A daughter would be Lady (first name) Mountbatten-Windsor, and any subsequent sons Lord (first name) Mounbatten-Windsor.
But the Queen could make changes to allow Harry and Meghan's children to be HRHs and princes and princesses.
The new royal baby is expected to take the surname Sussex in the same way that Prince William's children, George, Charlotte and Louis have taken his title Cambridge as their last name at school and nursery. 
The baby will supersede Prince Andrew in the line of succession, regardless of whether they are a boy or a girl, following a 2011 change in law that granted the same status to sons and daughters.
However as the second son of the current Prince of Wales, Harry's children are not automatically given the title of prince or princess.
King George V - Harry's great great grandfather - limited titles within the royal family in 1917.
This means Harry and Meghan's first born, as a great-grandchild of the sovereign, is too far down the line of succession to be an HRH.
George V declared that: "the grandchildren of the sons of any such Sovereign in the direct male line (save only the eldest living son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales) shall have and enjoy in all occasions the style and title enjoyed by the children of Dukes of these Our Realms."
The eldest son and heir apparent of a duke can use one of his father's lesser grade peerage titles by courtesy, according to Debrett's.
So a first son of Harry's would become Earl of Dumbarton - one of the subsidiary titles Harry received from the Queen on the morning of his wedding. 
A daughter would be Lady (first name) Mountbatten-Windsor, and any subsequent sons Lord (first name) Mounbatten-Windsor.
But the Queen could make changes to allow Harry and Meghan's children to be HRHs and princes and princesses.Ahead of Prince George’s birth, the monarch issued a Letters Patent to ensure the Cambridge children had fitting titles.
Without this Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis would have been a Lady and a Lord instead, but Prince George, as the eldest son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales, would still have been a prince.
The Queen could decide to do the same for Harry and Meghan’s baby.  Prince Harry, pictured arriving in Sydney with his pregnant wife the Duchess of Sussex on Monday, is sixth in line to the British throne. His son or daughter will be seventh in line
Prince Harry, pictured arriving in Sydney with his pregnant wife the Duchess of Sussex on Monday, is sixth in line to the British throne. His son or daughter will be seventh in line
The Earl and Countess of Wessex’s children Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor and Viscount Severn are actually entitled to be a princess and prince as children of the son of the sovereign.
But the couple decided, with the Queen’s agreement, that their children would use the courtesy titles as sons or daughters of an earl rather than the style prince or princess.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced their engagement in November 2017, shortly after confirming their relationship. 
The couple married at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in May this year.
Bookmakers William Hill have paid out bets that Harry and Meghan would have a baby in 2019 following confirmation from the Palace today. 
At the moment, the name Alexander is the 7/1 favourite with Alice, Elizabeth and Victoria joint second at 8/1.

How the line of succession will change after baby Sussex's birth

Current line of succession 
  1. Prince Charles
  2. Prince William
  3. Prince George
  4. Princess Charlotte
  5. Prince Louis 
  6. Prince Harry 
  7. Prince Andrew
  8. Princess Beatrice
  9. Princess Eugenie
  10. Prince Edward 
  11. James, Viscount Severn 
  12. Lady Louise Windsor
  13. Princess Anne 
  14. Peter Phillips   
  15. Savannah Phillips
  16. Isla Phillips
  17. Zara Tindall 
  18. Mia Tindall 
  19. Lena Tindall 
... Following baby Sussex's birth
  1. Prince Charles
  2. Prince William
  3. Prince George
  4. Princess Charlotte
  5. Prince Louis 
  6. Prince Harry 
  7. Baby Sussex 
  8. Prince Andrew
  9. Princess Beatrice
  10. Princess Eugenie
  11. Prince Edward 
  12. James, Viscount Severn 
  13. Lady Louise Windsor
  14. Princess Anne 
  15. Peter Phillips   
  16. Savannah Phillips
  17. Isla Phillips
  18. Zara Tindall 
  19. Mia Tindall 
  20. Lena Tindall 


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