Baby Sussex Won’t Be Prince Or Princess, But Will Still Have A Title!March 5, 2019
The Sussex baby, expected to arrive in late April or early May, will not have the title of prince or princess due to a rule imposed by King George V.
Harry and Meghan have kept a lot of details of the pregnancy a secret. While many have been speculating the gender of the royal baby one thing’s for sure, it won’t be a prince or princess unless the Queen decides otherwise.
That’s because the Queens grandfather, King George V, limited the titles in the royal family in 1917. Which means that the first born of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex is too far down the line of succession to receive the title of prince or princess. The Sussex baby will be 7th in line for the throne.
“The grandchildren of the sons of any such Sovereign in the direct male line (save only the eldest living son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales) shall have and enjoy in all occasions the style and title enjoyed by the children of Dukes of these Our Realms,” declared by King George V.
According to Debrett’s, the eldest son and heir apparent of a duke can use one of his father’s lesser grade peerage titles by courtesy.
Which means the first son of Harry’s would be an Earl of Dumbarton, a subsidiary title the Duke received from the Queen on the morning of his wedding.
His daughter would be Lady (first name) Mountbatten-Windsor, and younger sons would be Lord (first name) Mounbatten-Windsor.
The Queen sometimes makes a change to allow children to be princes and princesses.
Ahead of Prince George’s birth, the Queen issued a Letters Patent to ensure the Cambridge children had fitting titles.
If she hadn’t done this Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis would have been a Lady and a Lord instead, while Prince George, as the eldest son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales, would still have been a prince.
The monarch, if she wants, she can do the same for the Sussex baby, but has yet to do so.
Prince Harry’s cousin Zara Tindall, born Miss Zara Phillips, has spoken of how much of a blessing it was not to have a title.
“I’ve been very lucky. My parents didn’t give us titles, so we’ve been able to have a slightly more normal upbringing. As soon as you’ve got a title, it’s very difficult to shed it,” Zara said.
The Duke too has spoken of the pressure of being a prince and always spoke about the importance of being seen as ‘normal’. Back in 2017 he even said that he “wanted out” of the Royal Family.
He spoke about the time he spent in the Army, when he was “just Harry.” It was “the best escape I’ve ever had” and he even considered giving up his title.
Aside from discussions about the title of the baby, the baby shower itself was also a topic of much scrutiny, with people analyzing every single detail for clues as to what the gender of the baby will be.
Some even thought that the food at the shower might signify that the couple expect a girl, as there was a lot of light, pastel and pink shades.
Other royal fans on social media think the baby will be a boy. The reason is because a guest arrived at the baby shower carrying a blue gift bag.
The pair most likely won’t reveal the gender of the baby until it is born.