Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Are Expecting Their First Child, But Their Baby Won't Be A Prince Or Princess
Royal baby alert!
Well that was fast.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expecting their first child in spring 2019, and the world couldn't be more excited for this baby's arrival. Kensington Palace announced the big news just hours after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex landed in Australia for their first official royal tour since tying the knot five months ago in May.
"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," read an official statement from Kensington Palace. "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."
Members of the royal family have stated they are "delighted" for the couple, but how exactly did Prince Harry and Meghan Markle break the news to their family? Turns out, it all went down at Princess Eugenie's wedding at Windsor Castle. Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Prince William, and Kate Middleton were all told in person, although the official announcement was delayed until this morning.
A source told People that Markle has already undergone her 12-week scan and is "feeling well" during her first pregnancy.
Markle's mother, Doria Ragland, also issued a statement about Baby Sussex. "Ms. Ragland is very happy about this lovely news and she looks forward to welcoming her first grandchild," reported E! News.
Interestingly, it's hard to say if Baby Sussex baby will receive a royal title. In 1917, King George V (Prince Harry's great-great-grandfather) reduced the amount of titles within the royal family, although Queen Elizabeth II could make an exception and allow Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's children to receive HRH (His or Her Royal Highness) titles.
Regardless of gender or sex, Baby Sussex will supersede Prince Andrew in the royal line of succession and will also be seventh in line to the throne. This change comes after a 2011 law that granted the same royal status to daughters and sons. According to Birmingham Live, if Baby Sussex is a boy, he will inherit the title of Earl of Dumbarton. If the baby is a girl, then she'll simply be called Lady Windsor.
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