After the birth of Prince Harry and the real baby of Meghan Markle in the spring, what title will the child receive?
William Bortrick, president of Burke & # 39; s Peerage, tells PEOPLE that the answer is not so simple.
Since Harry and Meghan were named Duke and Duchess of Sussex on their wedding day, it is traditional for a duke's eldest son to finally inherit his father's title. Bortrick explains that if his baby is a child, he could be known by the title of Count of Dumbarton, the secondary title of Sussex, before inheriting the dukedom.
Any minor child will be known as Lord (His Name) Windsor, while the daughters will be called Lady (His Name) Windsor.
However, Queen Elizabeth may decide to go a different way and give the sons of Meghan and Harry a title similar to that of their cousins: the three sons of Prince William and Kate Middleton: Prince George, 5, Princess Charlotte, 3 and Prince Louis, 6 months. In that case, according to Bortrick, Harry's children will be designed as His Royal Highness Prince (His Name) of Sussex, while the daughters will be known as His Princess Royal Highness (His Name) of Sussex.
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Since an heir can only be inherited by a male heir, the title will disappear if Meghan and Harry have no children. Meghan said in the past that both she and Harry are feminists, and her "About" page on the royal family website underscores the importance of being a champion of female empowerment. "I'm proud to be a woman and a feminist," she cites on the site.
Changes with respect to male and female heirs have been made before. Thanks to the 2013 Crown Succession Act, the birth order determines who will become the next king or queen of the United States. UU., Regardless of gender. If she had not been in her place, Princess Charlotte would have lost her place to the younger brother, Prince Louis. The legislation was approved for the first time when Kate was pregnant with Prince George.
Queen Elizabeth accepted Prince Andrew's request that her daughters, Beatrice and Eugenie, receive the title of "princess" instead of "lady". he simply wanted his children to be considered "modern, hard-working young women who happen to be members of the royal family."
Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank did not receive any title after their royal wedding on Friday, which means that their future children will not inherit any title by themselves.
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Of course, Meghan and Harry could give up giving titles to their children all together.
The children of the princess Ana, Peter and Zara, did not have right to the real state of birth, since the titles can only be granted to the grandsons of a monarch through their children, not of their daughters. However, the Queen extended a courtesy title to Anne's children, which she rejected.
His father, Captain Mark Phillips, was a commoner and also rejected a title that would have been given to him as a wedding gift from the queen when he married Princess Anne.
"I'm very lucky that my parents decided not to use the title and we grew up and did all the things they gave us the opportunity to do," said Zara. The times In an interview of 2015.