Meghan's and Harry's Baby Won't Become A Prince/Princess: Reason Explained
Royal babies are celebrated all over the world, and it has been so for many years, but especially for Prince William and Kate Middleton’s children who were born on the cusp of the social media boom. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expecting their first child, and as the first British-American royal couple, the public is bound to rejoice even more.
Every time a new baby is born into the royal family, there is always talk about his or her standing in the line of succession, and the royal title given to that new member. However, Prince Harry and Meghan’s kids might not be known as prince or princess for a significant reason, unlike Prince William’s children who were all given the title.
Not a princess or prince
The most important thing to note is that Queen Elizabeth II would have to give the title to their kids for them to be referred to as prince or princess. Something drastic would have to happen from now up to the birth of their child, in order for the Queen to decide to give them the unique title.
The fact is that Prince Harry is no longer a direct heir to the throne because William and Kate’s children are next, and Elizabeth II actually decided to gift all three kids with the titles of prince and princess, which was not the norm at the time. Therefore, unless a tragedy happens in the family, it is improbable that Meghan’s offspring will get the crown.
They will be forced to follow a rule stated in 1917 by King George V in the Patent Letters that the title goes only for those directly in line to the throne. This decree says explicitly, “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."
This says that the great-grandchildren of the current monarch do not get the title upon their birth automatically, except for Prince Charles’ eldest grandson, Prince George. As we mentioned earlier, the Queen decided to afford Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis the titles after they were born, but that is her right as the ruler of England.
However, the most likely scenario is that the children of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be referred to as Lord or Lady Mountbatten-Windsor, the last name chosen by Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip upon their marriage. This is not a disadvantage in any way because Prince Harry seems to be alright with the fact that the throne won’t be his.
There is a slight chance they could get the titles
We also mentioned previously that something tragic would have to occur for the Sussex kids to earn their titles. Queen Elizabeth II, who is now 92 years old, would have to die sometime before the baby is born, making Prince Charles the King, and therefore, as the Letters Patent stated, his grandchildren would be known as prince and princess.
On the upside, just like in the case of Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, the Queen could use her discretionary powers to give the titles to her new great-grandchild, which seems like something Elizabeth II would do for Prince Harry. However, the Duke and Duchess also have the right to decline the titles for their children.
At the time of King George V’s decree there were several uprisings throughout Europe, and people clamoring for the abolishment of the monarchies. It was issued with the hope of maintaining the line for future generations, and to distinguish who should come next once the current monarch died.
The problem with succession has been used in dramas and movies for years with heirs fighting for the throne and money. However, in real life, it seems that things are pretty great, and the British royal family has also tried to update some rules to fit with modern times. For example, Princes William and Harry were allowed to marry commoners, which was unheard of once upon a time.
The Queen decided to update the decree right before the birth of Prince George, gifting all of her grandson’s kids with the titles of princess and prince. However, Imogen Lloyd says that the Queen will not be affording this present to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s children, stating, “There aren’t really grounds for it.”
The new baby will be seventh in line to the throne, so the chances of him or her becoming monarch are slim. Furthermore, Lloyd continued, “At the end of the day, would Meghan and Harry even want that? Harry has been honest about being troubled on some levels about being a member of the royal family, and Megan is the first self-made woman to marry into the royal family, and she's an American.”
“I think they'll lean towards the example of Harry's aunt Princess Anne's whose children have no titles.” Another critical question is if the child could inherit his parents’ titles, and that it is affirmative if the child is a boy. He would be named Duke if his father died, but for the time beings, he is known as the Earl of Dumbarton.
If the child is a girl, she will probably only be known as Lady Mountbatten-Windsor. Furthermore, since he or she will most likely never wear the crown, Meghan and Harry have a lot more freedom regarding his or her first name, which is another issue that royals have to deal with when a new baby joins the family. There are only a handful of allowed names.
Also, people have wondered what citizenship will be given to the child since he or she is the result of an international marriage. Since his father is British, the kid will have automatic British citizenship, but since Meghan is American and lived most of her life there, they could also apply for American citizenship for their baby.
What do you think of this issue regarding royal titles? Do you think the Queen might change her mind and name the child prince or princess? Only time will tell. If you liked this article, share it with your friends who loved learning new things regarding the monarchy. See you next time!
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