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What Titles Will Prince Harry And Meghan Markle's Children Have?

15 Oct 2018

Naturally, the title decision is one steeped in royal history

Now that we know that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expecting a baby, the question is, what royal title will they have?

Will the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's future children be princess and princesses, like Prince George and Princess Charlotte? 

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The Harry and Meghan's baby will not be a prince or princess 

Nope, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle aren't expecting a prince or princess. The child, due in Spring next year, will have the title "Lady" or "Lord", that is down to the Letters Patent that King George V passed in 1917.

Of the decree, Independent, reports, "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."

It could change though, if Queen Elizabeth II chooses to issue a Letters Patent of her own. 

In 2012 - ahead of the birth of Prince George - she declared that all of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s children will receive the title of Royal Highness, and be referred to as Princes and Princesses.

"The Queen has been pleased by Letters Patent under the Great Seal of the Realm dated 31 December 2012 to declare that all the children of the eldest son of The Prince of Wales should have and enjoy the style, title and attribute of Royal Highness with the titular dignity of Prince or Princess prefixed to their Christian names or with such other titles of honour.”

Baby joy for Harry and Meghan 

As they embark upon an official royal tour to Australia, Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga and New Zealand, the happy news that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was announced by Kensington Palace. 

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"Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019," the statement read. "Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public."