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Could Meghan Markle And Prince Harry's Children Have Hemophilia, A Rare Blood Disorder That Plagued British Royals?

Date July 30, 2018 16:19

Many of us have been busy picturing what Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s children will look like, but there’s one detail that is more important than their appearance. Could the couple’s kids inherit hemophilia, a rare blood clotting disorder that once plagued the British royal family and other European royal houses?

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What exactly is hemophilia, and why is it called a ‘royal disease’?

Hemophilia is a rare blood clotting disorder. People affected by it have a fault in the gene that codes for clotting factor production. Hemophilia sufferers are at a high risk of spontaneous bleedings, and they also bleed more profusely if they are injured.

Girls can be carriers of the hemophilia gene, but they rarely develop the disorder. Boys develop hemophilia if they inherited the mutated gene from their mothers.

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Hemophilia earned the nickname ‘royal disease’ because Queen Victoria was a carrier of the faulty gene and passed it on to her children, including her daughters who married into other European royal houses and spread the disease to the Russian, German, and Spanish royal families.

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Is it possible for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s kids to develop hemophilia?

The fact that hemophilia once ran in the British royal family may have you worried about the royal couple’s children. But let’s clear things up: firstly, there’s no evidence that any of Queen Victoria’s living descendants have the disease or are carriers of the mutated gene. Secondly, hemophilia is passed on the mother’s side, and it’s highly unlikely that Meghan Markle is a carrier.

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There’s really no reason to be concerned about the couple’s future children. We hope they will be healthy and happy, just like their parents.

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