How Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Baby Is Shaking Up the Royal Line of Succession (Video)
On Monday morning, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced they are expecting their first child. The baby, Kensington Palace shared, is expected to arrive this spring.
“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,” Kensington Palace shared in a statement as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex touched down in Australia. “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.”
The baby will become Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s eighth great-grandchild, and fourth grandchild for Prince Charles.
While the baby will sit in the number one spot in Harry and Meghan’s hearts, where exactly will he or she sit in line for the throne?
As Daily Mail broke down, the newest child would sit seventh in line to take over the monarchy. The new line of succession is as follows: Queen Elizabeth (current reigning royal), followed by Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, Prince Harry, then Harry’s expected child. The new baby pushed Prince Andrew, the Queen’s son and the Duke of York, into eighth place. His children, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, are now ninth and tenth in line.
This royal order will continue to change over the years. For example, Prince Harry and his soon-to-be child could move further down the list if Prince William and Kate Middleton have more children. And, one day, when Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis have their own children, Harry and his child will be pushed further away from the throne.
Though the baby will likely never become the reigning monarch, they will at least have a large family — and even bigger fanbase — to support them along the way.