The Royal Baby Will Make History Thanks To Mom MeghanApril 10, 2019
The birth of the Sussex baby will be the first time in history that a senior member of the royal family’s child will have a British and an American-born parent.
This means the baby, which will be born in the UK and hold British citizenship through father Harry, can have dual citizenship, depending on Meghan’s citizenship status. At the moment, Meghan is in the midst of applying for British citizenship, which can take years.
A spokesperson for the Sussex couple previously said that Meghan will be “compliant with immigration requirements at all times.”
If she obtains dual citizenship and doesn’t give up her American citizenship, it will leave her child able to apply for a U.S. citizenship.
While it’s not clear whether the baby will have dual citizenship, it’s expected that when the baby is born, the baby will not be referred to as “His or Her Royal Highness,” and, unlike George, Charlotte and Louis, won’t be called “prince” or “princess.”
The history of royal titles
In 1917, King George V limited titles in the royal family. The prince and princess titles and the HRH status are now reserved for children or grandchildren of the monarch only. Prince George was an exception, as his father, Prince William, is in line for the throne.
The Queen then issued a new Letters Patent when Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis were born so they can have the same title as their brother. If she hadn’t, Charlotte and Louis would have been known as Lady Charlotte Mountbatten-Windsor and Earl Louis Mountbatten-Windsor.
Now that Harry has been pushed down to sixth in the line for the throne, it’s unlikely his child will one day be King or Queen.
The rule also means that should Prince Charles take over from the Queen, Harry and Meghan’s future children could eventually become a prince or princess, as their grandfather would be king.
At the end of the day, the Queen has the final word and can intervene where titles are concerned.
What will Harry and Meghan’s children’s royal titles be?
Harry was gifted a dukedom on his wedding day, and along with Meghan are known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Considering that their children will likely be given lord, earl or lady titles. If the first baby is a boy, he will likely be known as Earl of Dumbarton.
Harry was also made Earl of Dumbarton on the morning of his wedding, as well as receiving a dukedom. But if the baby is a girl, she would be Lady (first name) Mountbatten-Windsor.
What will their surname be?
Although the child will be cousin with George, Charlotte and Louis’s on their father’s side, the children will not share the same last name.
It was announced that George would be known officially as George Cambridge when he started going to school at Thomas’s Battersea in London, a name which comes from his dad being Duke of Cambridge.
Just like when years ago William and Harry started school and revealed they would be known as William Wales and Harry Wales, due to their father, Prince Charles, being Prince of Wales.
But, if the child wished, he or she could use the last name of Sussex instead of Windsor or Mountbatten-Windsor.