LONDON – Has anyone said "royal baby"?
The duke and duchess of Sussex, more famous as Prince Harry and Meghan, are waiting for a baby in the spring and people have questions:
Will the baby assume the title of Prince or Princess? Will the child ever occupy the British throne? What should they call their little bundle of joy? Will it be a boy or a girl? And yes, some people are really Googling: When is spring?
So, let's take a look.
Will the child adopt the prince or princess title?
The answer is no. Meghan and Harry's children will adopt the title of Lord or Lady, not Prince or Princess. They can thank King George V for it. Back in 1917 William and Hars grandfather's grandfather decided to limit the titles of members of the royal family as follows:
"The grandson of such a Sovereign's sons in the direct male line (save only the oldest living son to it oldest son of the prince in Wales) will enjoy and enjoy in all occasions the style and title of the children of duke's children in these worlds. "
This means that as Meghan and Harry's children will be an infant's grandson (at least until Charles inherit the throne), he or she will be placed too far down the line to justify the title of Prince or Princess. It is thought that some of the Duke and Dukeess in Sussex will be known as Lord or Lady Mountbatten-Windsor, unless the Queen comes in to change it.
In 2015, the Queen chose to make Prince George a prince and continued to do so with his younger siblings, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. "The queen may well intervene in this case," said royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams.
There are also speculation that Meghan and Harry may prefer that their children do not adopt the title HRH in the hope that they will lead a more normal life out of the intense royal spotlight.
Will Meghan and Harry's children ever occupy the British throne?
Gender no longer plays a factor in determining who's next in the direction of succession. Male tension was removed in the follow-up to the crown, abandoned in 2013. Nowadays, the order in which members take the throne is on age.
From today the series of legacy to the British throne looks like this:
Next in line with his mother, Queen Monarch Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles is followed by his eldest son, Prince William. After Prince William, his three children are Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. Behind Prince Louis is his uncle Prince Harry at No. 6.
Today's announcement puts Harry and Meghan's children in seventh place, making it very unlikely but not impossible for their children to one day be king or queen.
] In the eighth, ninth and tenth place is Queen's second son, Prince Andrew and his two daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.
It is fair to say that in recent days there has been a whirlwind for Princess Eugenie, who got married, was randomly hailed by President Trump on Twitter and then bumped from the ninth consecutive to the throne to tenth of a baby who is not yet born.
What should the child's name be?
Your guess is as good as ours.
Meghan and Harry are well-known for their ability to shake up the weak tradition of the royal family. Since Harry is not directly in line with the throne, it is often considered that he has greater freedom to deviate from royal norms in living his life. In their wedding earlier this year, the couple followed a few but also jettisoned some aged traditions – and became very famous for doing so.
Some believe that the couple will choose a non-traditional name in accordance with their progressive and forward-thinking thinking attitudes. Speculation about the name of the newest royal is already in full flow in Britain, with bookmakers listing Diana, Stormzy and Alice as possible alternatives.
When is spring 2019?
Well it depends whatsoever who you ask and how you measure.
According to Steven Keats, the UK's Met Office service, start and end dates for each of the four seasons can vary each year. When measuring the astronomical calendar, the spring of 2019 is expected to begin in mid March and end in mid-June. When measuring the meteorological calendar, the spring is expected to begin on March 1st. The last day is 31 May.
But you measure, you can expect the King child to appear sometime between March and June 2019.