LONDON – Kensington Palace said Monday that Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, are expecting their first child to be born in the spring of 2019. Then you will find answers to some questions about the future baby.
WILL THE BABY BE A KING OR A QUEEN?
It is very unlikely. The first son of Harry and Meghan will be seventh in the line of succession to the throne when it is born next spring. The baby will be behind his grandfather, Prince Charles; His uncle, Prince William; his cousins, William's three children: George, Charlotte and Prince Louis of five months; and the baby's father, Prince Harry.
WILL THE BABY BE A PRINCE OR PRINCE?
The baby will not automatically become a prince or princess, although that may happen if Queen Elizabeth II decides to intervene.
The titles were limited by King George V in 1917 in a way that would exclude Harry's children unless the queen acts. The baby will also not be entitled to the designation of HRH, which means "His Royal Highness" or "His Royal Highness".
The children and grandchildren of the queen become princes and princesses, for that reason Harry has that title, but this does not apply to the great-grandchildren.
The only exception, as expressed by the king in 1917, is for "the living eldest son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales"; in this case, it would be Prince George, the first child born to William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge.
The queen can intervene if she so wishes, as she did in the case of William's other children, but it is not clear whether she will do so in Harry's case because her children will be further from the line of succession.
WHAT WOULD BE THE BABY'S TITLE?
If he is a child, he is likely to 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 name without having to worry too much about the real tradition.
WHAT CITIZENSHIP WILL THE BABY HAVE?
The baby will have British citizenship because of his father. Harry and Meghan could also apply for US citizenship for the baby because Meghan is an American who lived in the US. UU Enough time for your child to qualify. It will be up to them to decide if they want to do it.
It may be uncomfortable for a British real to also look for a United States passport, but the two countries are close allies and there is such goodwill for Meghan that such a move might not be controversial.
Meghan herself is in the process of obtaining British citizenship. He has not said whether he plans to give up his United States passport when he becomes British, but British law does not require him to do so.
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