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Kensington Palace confirmed the news of the real baby and announced that Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, hopes to deliver in the spring of 2019. She and Prince Harry are getting married in May.
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Royalty is paying off these days: on Monday Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan reported that Expecting a baby in the spring means that another new cousin will join the growing herd of great-grandchildren of Queen Elizabeth II.

Soon, there will be eight small members of royalty to delight the 92-year-old monarch and her husband, Prince Philip, 97.

The news was announced by the Kensington Palace just as Harry and Meghan arrived to begin their Down Under tour through Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga.

What do we know so far?

Who are the real cousins ​​of the baby?

The baby will be first cousin of Prince George, 5, Princess Charlotte, 3, and Prince Louis of Cambridge, 6 months, the children of Uncle Prince William and Duchess Kate of Cambridge.

Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank in wedding photos taken at the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle with some of the queen's great-grandchildren as bridesmaids and page boys: From left to right: Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Theodora Williams, Phillips Island, Louis De Givenchy. First row, Mia Tindall, Savannah Phillips and Maud Windsor. (Photo: Alex Bramall / Buckingham Palace through AP)

The baby's four second cousins ​​include: Mia Tindall, 4, and Lena Tindall, who was born last month with Harry's cousin, Zara Phillips Tindall, the queen's eldest granddaughter, and her husband Mike Tindall.

Also: Savannah Phillips, 7, and Phillips Island, 6, the daughters of Zara's brother, Peter Phillips, also Harry's cousin and the queen's grandson. Both Zara and Peter are the children of Princess Anne, the royal princess.

And Princess Eugenia de York, 28, granddaughter of the queen and cousin of Harry who married to Jack Brooksbank on Friday, he could be expected to produce real great-grandchild Number 9 in the near future, too. That baby would also be a second cousin of Harry and Meghan's baby.

Is there no morning sickness for Meghan?

She has just turned 37, but Meghan has not only taken a long flight abroad, but is prepared to embark on two grueling weeks of travel to public commitments in the southern hemisphere, where high temperatures can be expected.

So it seems that he is not suffering from the acute morning syndrome that affected his sister-in-law, the Duchess Kate, during the first months of her three pregnancies.

Duchess Meghan of Sussex visits the Digital Technology and Technology Park at the University of Chichester during an official visit to Sussex on October 3, 2018 in Bognor Regis, England. (Photo: Samir Hussein / WireImage)

But like Kate, Meghan is thin and does not show much of a baby in the early stages. On October 3, she wore a dark green leather skirt during a commitment; There was not even a hint of a pregnancy.

That did not stop Twitter from speculating about Meghan's attire at Eugenie's wedding: a baggy dark blue Givenchy coat, which could have hidden a baby punch.

Will the new baby be called prince or princess? Anything else?

Bets on whether the new little royal king will be a boy or a girl started immediately in Britain, where they bet on anything having to do with royalty. More interesting is the question of whether the baby will officially be called a prince or princess.

The simple answer is that it depends on the queen. It also depends on how far the child is from the throne. This baby will be the seventh in line, just behind Harry, the sixth in line, so it is unlikely that he will be crowned.

Plus: Real baby: Where does the new prince fit in the line for the throne?

The rules on titles and "style" were last established by the grandfather of the queen, King George V, in 1917: they ruled that a SAR and the title of prince or princess would be limited to the sons of the sovereign and sons of the sons of the sovereign. .

"The grandchildren of the children of any Sovereign in the male direct line (except the eldest son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales) will have and will enjoy on all occasions the style and title enjoyed by the sons of the dukes," the rules say. .

In retrospect, we would really like to know what Harry told his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, at the wedding of his cousin, Princess Eugenia, on Friday, October 12. (Photo: AARON CHOWN, AFP / Getty Images)

So Prince George, as the eldest son of the eldest son of Prince Charles Prince of Wales, and therefore third in line to the throne, obtained the title of prince. But the queen also awarded it to Princess Charlotte, 4th in line, and to Prince Louis, 5th in line.

If the queen decides that the first Sussex baby will not be called Prince or Princess, the baby, if it is a child, will probably take one of Harry's minor titles. as the Earl of Dumbarton, who received from the Queen the morning of his wedding along with the Royal Duke of Sussex.

The baby will have an unprecedented ascendancy for the royal family:

The baby will be a quarter African-American, thanks to Meghan, whose father is white and whose mother is African-American. There has never been a partially African baby recognized in the royal family, not even an American baby.

Meghan is believed to be the first real girlfriend of African-American descent to join the family, although some scholars insist that the eighteenth-century wife of King George III, Queen Charlotte, had African ancestry many generations before she was born in 1744 in Germany.

However, it would be the first time in the modern era and would like to increase the popularity of the family with its growing minority population in the US. UU And in the Commonwealth, where Harry and Meghan will play an important role.

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan of Sussex greet supporters during their visit to Chichester, England, on October 3, 2018. (Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas / AP)

Will the baby be a British citizen, a US citizen or both?

It is likely that the baby is born in London at St. Mary's Hospital, so he will most likely be a UK citizen, especially as a member of the British royal family.

But Meghan, as an American who expects US citizenship, can also pass on her US citizenship to her baby, unless she renounces her citizenship for tax purposes before the baby is born.

Otherwise, Meghan could ensure that the baby has dual citizenship by requesting a Consular Report of Birth Abroad before the child turns 18. The state department recommends that parents apply for the CRBA as soon as possible after the birth of the child.

Will the baby have red hair like Prince Harry's?

The red hair gene in humans is recessive, which means you can only have red hair by getting two red hair genes from each of your parents. A brown gene combined with a red gene produces brown hair, because brown is always the dominant gene.

Red hair runs in Harry's family: The Earls of Spencer, his mother's family, Princess Diana, had many "gingers", as they call it in Britain: Diana's father and one of her sisters had or had hair like Harry's

It is possible that somewhere in the genetic makeup of Meghan there may be a gene for the red hair of one of their ancestors, but the probability of it appearing in Meghan and then combining with the Harry gene to produce another ginger prince is very little.

What will be the name of the baby?

Again, let's go to the bookies. BetVictor, one of Europe's leading online betting companies, put Diana as the 6-to-1 favorite if it's a girl, said spokesman Charlie McCann.

Diana, for Harry's late mother, Princess Diana, is also one of the middle names for Princess Charlotte, Harry's niece.

"We make Diana, our favorite 6/1 with Charles and Elizabeth, the best on 12/1," McCann said. "We have seen a bit of interest in both Alexander and Alexandra since this morning, although it will not be until the New Year before the market becomes more acute, as speculation intensifies over the name and gender of the baby."

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