Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s royal baby WONT have a title – unless the queen steps in’

PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle have announced they are expecting their second child – a brother or sister for their one-year-old son Archie.

But, like Archie, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's second baby might not have the same title as his or her royal relatives – and it's all down to a rule dating back to 1917.

Over 100 years ago, King George V issued a Letters Patent, limiting the use of Prince and Princess titles to either the children of the sovereign (for example, Prince Charles), children of the son of the sovereign (for example, Prince William) and the eldest living son of the eldest living son of the Prince of Wales (aka Prince George).

So while Prince George has always been entitled to this title, Charlotte and Louis were not – but the Queen stepped in to change this following Charlotte's birth.

When it comes to Harry and Meghan's kids – both Archie and their second child –  the title system works differently.

Harry and Meg's kids are not entitled to the Prince or Princess title (just as Charlotte and Louis were not).

As Prince Harry is a Duke, it is tradition for the eldest son of a Duke to eventually inherit the Dukedom.

So he could be known as the Earl of Dumbarton (Harry's secondary title which was gifted to him on his wedding day along with his Dukedom) before he eventually inherits the Duke of Sussex title.

Any younger sons or daughters Meghan and Harry have will be known as Lord (his name) Windsor or Lady (her name) Windsor.

However, this could all change if the Queen decides to step in again and give Meg and Harry's kids the same titles as Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

If this does happen, Harry and Meghan's children will be styled as either HRH Prince (his name) of Sussex or HRH Princess (her name) of Sussex – just like the Cambridge kids.

The Queen has in the past made other changes regarding heirs to the throne.

The Succession to the Crown Act 2013 means that a female royal’s claim to the throne is no longer diminished by the arrival of a younger brother.

Princess Charlotte is the first royal not ruled out by gender, meaning that Prince Louis will be the fifth-in-line to the throne while she is fourth.


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