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How Prince Harry And Meghan Markle's Baby Will Change The Line Of Succession To The British Throne

Date October 16, 2018 14:05

Since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's royal wedding, the world has been wondering when the couple will announce that they are expecting a new addition to their family. Meghan and Harry have been teasing us with numerous signs of affection towards children, showing everyone that they are ready to become parents.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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And finally, we heard the announcement we have been waiting for so long – the newlyweds are expecting their first child in spring 2019. However, now people have more questions! One of them is how the new royal baby will fit into the line of succession to the British throne. Luckily, we know the answer.

The changes in the succession line

Harry and Meghan’s firstborn will land the seventh place, no matter the gender. This means that he or she will make some royals move over. The Queen’s second oldest son, Prince Andrew, who was residing on the seventh place, will be moved to the eighth place, along with his daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, who will take places #9 and #10.

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However, the baby’s three cousins – Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis – will not change their positions. This is because their father, Prince William, who is currently second in the line, is older than Harry.

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Since 2013, the gender of the baby is not going to play a role in the succession line as the new act states that the order of succession now is determined by the order of birth. So if Meghan and Harry welcomed a daughter, she would have all the rights to wear the crown one day.

But why will Prince William’s children have different surnames to Prince Harry’s?

Royal expert Marlene Koenig says that George and Charlotte use Cambridge as their surname at school because Cambridge is the dukedom assigned to their parents.

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That’s why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s child will likely have Sussex as his or her last name, as this is the couple’s dukedom.

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