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A prince or princess ?: Facts about Harry and Meghan's baby



LONDON – Kensington Palace said Monday Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, expect their first child to be born in the spring of 2019. Here are answers to some questions about the future child.

Will the baby ever be king or queen? [19659004] It is very unlikely. The first child of Harry and Meghan will be the seventh in the line of succession if born next spring. The baby will be behind his grandfather, Prince Charles; his uncle, Prince William; his cousins, Williams's three children: George, Charlotte and five-month-old Prince Louis; and the baby's father, Prince Harry.

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WILL THE BABY BE A PRINCE OR A PRINCESS?

The baby does not automatically become a prince or a princess, although it is possible that it might happen when Queen Elizabeth II decides

The titles were limited in 1917 by King George V in a way that included Harry's children ruled out, unless the queen would do something. The baby will not be eligible for the HRH designation, which means "His Royal Highness" or "Her Royal Highness".

The Queen's children and grandchildren become princes and princesses – that's why Harry has this title – but this does not apply to great-grandchildren.

The only exception pronounced by the king in 1917 is "the eldest living son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales" – in this case Prince George, the first child of William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge ,

The Queen may interfere if she so wishes, as she did with Williams's other children, but it is unclear whether she will do so in Harry's case because his children will be further from succession.

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WHAT WOULD BE THE TITLE OF THE BABY?

If it is a boy, he would probably be known as the Earl of Dumbarton. A girl would probably be known as Lady Mountbatten-Windsor, with her first name inserted after Lady. Since the baby is unlikely to become a monarch, Harry and Meghan will have plenty of leeway in choosing the child's first name without worrying about the royal tradition.

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WHAT CITIZENSHIP HAS THE BABY? 19659017] The baby will have British citizenship due to his father. Harry and Meghan would also be able to apply for American citizenship for the baby because Meghan is an American who lived long enough in the US to qualify for her child. It is up to them to decide if they want that.

It might be uncomfortable for a British king to also seek a US passport, but the two countries are close allies and there is so much goodwill for Meghan that such a move should not be controversial.

Meghan herself is gaining British citizenship. She has not said if she plans to give up her US passport if she becomes British, but British law does not require that.

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