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Harry & Meghan: How The Baby Will Change The Line Of Succession

Harry and Meghan: How Baby Changes Line Of Succession to the UK Throne
February 16, 2021 - 17:49 / Lucas Anderson

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are going to be parents for a second time. They shared the news on Valentine's Day, confirming that Archie will be a big brother. What will the royal baby mean for the line of succession to the British throne? Read on to find out!

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan announced on Valentine's Day that they're expecting a second child. The wave of well-wishers even included the Queen, who wrote to congratulate Meghan on her pregnancy.

The couple currently lives in California, which would mean the child will have a birthright to American citizenship presuming they are born there. Nonetheless, the baby will hold a place in the line to the British throne, because Prince Harry is the son of Prince Charles, who's first in line to the throne.

Where Harry & Meghan's new baby stands in line of succession

Baby Sussex will be ranked eighth in line to the throne, so the first seven places remain unchanged with the birth of Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan's second child. The new line of succession will be:

(1) Prince Charles, (2) Prince William, (3) Prince George, (4) Princess Charlotte, (5) Prince Louis, (6) Prince Harry, (7) Archie and then (8) the new baby. Prince Andrew, who is currently eighth, will move down to ninth place, and all royals below him—including Prince Edward and Princess Anne—will also stand one spot lower.

No royal title for Baby Sussex no. 2

The second child of Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan will stand eighth in line to the throne, between brother Archie and the Duke of York. Baby Sussex will be either the 10th or 11th great-grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, depending on whether Meghan gives birth before or after Zara Tindall, who is also expecting.

Like Archie, the newborn will not be born with a royal prince title. The Duke and Duchess's second child might go through life as a lord or lady, but since Archie did without it, this title is rather unlikely. He or she will be allowed to use the title Master or Miss before the first name, as will the older sibling.

In case you missed it, see how Harry and Meghan honoured Princess Diana's memory in announcing their pregnancy news.