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Why Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Baby Won't Have a Title

Good Housekeeping logo Good Housekeeping 4 days ago Caroline Picard
a man and a woman looking at the camera: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expecting their first child together. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex married on May 19, 2018. © Pool/Samir Hussein - Getty Images Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expecting their first child together. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex married on May 19, 2018.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's family of two will soon grow by one more. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced in October that they're expecting their first child together per a statement from Kensington Palace.

"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," the announcement read.

The couple married on May 19, 2018, but they had already voiced their desire to have kids beforehand. "Hopefully we’ll start a family in the near future," Prince Harry revealed in their engagement interview. A few months later, Meghan Markle dropped a hint of her own when she stated the couple will at "some point" need to stock up on some baby products.

Apparently, that point is now! Here's everything else you should know about the next royal baby:

Meghan is probably due in April.

Assuming that the announcement came at the traditional 12-week mark, the Duchess of Sussex will likely give birth about four months from now.

Kate Middleton revealed her pregnancies a little earlier due to her hyperemesis gravidarum, a condition characterized by severe nausea, vomiting, and weight loss during pregnancy.

The Queen is thrilled.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge et al. posing for the camera: Meghan Markle’s outfit at Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s wedding sparked some early speculation that she was pregnant. © Pool/Samir Hussein - Getty Images Meghan Markle’s outfit at Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s wedding sparked some early speculation that she was pregnant.

Royal correspondents are reporting that members of the family congratulated the Duke and Duchess at Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's wedding on Friday, October 12.

A palace spokesperson also revealed to royal commentator Emily Nash that Meghan's mom Doria Ragland "is very happy about this lovely news and is looking forward to welcoming her first grandchild."

They went on the royal tour as planned.

a man standing next to a woman: Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend an engagement at Kingfisher Bay Resort on Fraser Island on October 22, 2018. © DARREN ENGLAND - Getty Images Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend an engagement at Kingfisher Bay Resort on Fraser Island on October 22, 2018.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex left on their scheduled 16-day trip to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and Tonga the same week they made the announcement. The baby news added another layer of excitement to their trip - along with some added considerations for Meghan.

"She will NOT be pulling out of Fiji and Tonga, despite much-discussed Zika risk, having taken medical advice," royal reporter Hannah Furness tweeted at the time. The Duchess did skip a few of the 70-plus engagements though to stay well-rested and healthy.

She might give birth at the Lindo Wing.

a group of people standing in front of a building: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge depart the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital on May 2, 2015 with their newborn daughter, Princess Charlotte. © Samir Hussein/WireImage - Getty Images Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge depart the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital on May 2, 2015 with their newborn daughter, Princess Charlotte.

That's where the Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Diana gave birth to all of their children. The maternity ward at St. Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London, has also hosted celeb moms like Amal Clooney and Pippa Middleton. A stay there costs a pretty penny (roughly $7,400 at the minimum) but the place is known for its extreme privacy.

The baby will not have a royal title.

Even though Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have HRHs in front of their names, their children will not necessarily inherit the same courtesy. Only the oldest grandson of the heir apparent (i.e., Prince Charles) automatically receives that privilege, according to the Letters Patent issued by King George V in 1917.

Queen Elizabeth later issued an amendment of her own to give Prince George's siblings Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis titles, but Prince Harry's children are technically too far removed from the line of succession to get their own.

It is possible that the Queen will bestow titles on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's children as gift, but nothing is set in stone yet. The new parents could also decline the courtesy titles, like Princess Anne did with Peter and Zara Phillips.

One thing is for sure: Their eldest son will eventually inherit the title Duke of Sussex, but a daughter cannot per the rules of the British peerage right now.

He or she will be seventh in line to the throne.

The new baby will come after his or her dad, but bump Prince Andrew down to eighth. Here's what the new order will look like:

  1. Prince Charles
  2. Prince William
  3. Prince George
  4. Princess Charlotte
  5. Prince Louis
  6. Prince Harry
  7. New Royal Baby
  8. Prince Andrew
  9. Princess Beatrice
  10. Princess Eugenie

Potential names include Alice and James.

The royal family traditionally chooses from a group of historic monikers that pay tribute to past relatives. For example, Prince Louis's name honors Prince Philip's beloved uncle, Lord Louis Mountbatten. Recent (unpicked) favorites for Prince William and Kate Middleton's third child also included Alexandra, Mary, Frederick, Albert, and Arthur.

However, other family members have gone unexpected routes. Not a single bettor predicted Princess Eugenie's name before her birth in 1990, bookmakers William Hill told the Los Angeles Times at the time. Zara Phillips also has an unconventional name for the royal family, so Meghan and Harry could still surprise everyone with a completely unanticipated pick.

They'll live in Frogmore Cottage.

The Sussexes are moving out! After living in the cozy two-bedroom Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace, the couple is upgrading to better digs outside of London. They're currently in the process of updating a "fixer-upper" on Windsor Estate with plenty of space for children. Currently divided into five units for palace staff, the major renovations will restore the building to a family home with room for a gym and yoga studio, royal correspondent Emily Andrews revealed on Twitter.

That does mean they're leaving their former close neighbors Will and Kate behind, but their new home - reportedly a gift from the Queen - has special meaning to the couple. It's where they shot their engagement portraits and hosted their wedding reception.

Related: A Guide to British Royal Titles [Provided by Brides]

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