Do Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Want Their Baby to Have a Royal Title?

In Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s world, royal titles are a big deal. And, although they hold a high-ranking title, the parents-to-be might not want the same for Baby Sussex. Despite Prince Harry’s relatively high spot on the British line of succession (the Duke of Sussex is sixth in line to the throne, which makes his son or daughter seventh in line), he and Meghan Markle want a different life for their royal-to-be.

Baby Sussex royal title

Ahead of Meghan Markle’s due date, there has been much debate over Baby Sussex’s royal title. According to royal family title rules, the royal-to-be doesn’t qualify for prince or princess status. Per King George V’s 1917 Letters Patent, only the monarch’s children and grandchildren earn the right to such status.

That said, Queen Elizabeth made an exception for Prince William and Kate Middleton’s children — aka, Her Majesty’s great-grandchildren. But, she could draw the line at Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. Right now, Prince William is second in line to the throne, which means his three children are third, fourth, and fifth. Because of their high-ranking, the queen broke the royal title rule. But, as seventh in line to the throne, she might not do the same for Baby Sussex. However, once Prince Charles ascends the throne, he could change his grandbaby’s status.

But, do Prince Harry and Meghan Markle even want their baby to have a royal title? According to recent reports, maybe not.

Do Prince Harry and Meghan Markle want Baby Sussex to have a royal title?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have big plans for their firstborn — many of which fall outside of the royal world they live in. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex allegedly want their son or daughter to grow up as normal as possible, which is why they decided to move away from the family’s headquarters and into the country, where Baby Sussex will have more freedom to grow up.

As part of their efforts, the two also plan to encourage their son or daughter to pursue a career outside of the royal family, which makes a royal title a little unnecessary.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry waving to a crowd of fans.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle might opt out of a royal title for their baby.| Phil Noble – Pool/Getty Images

The Duke of Sussex has made his feelings about being royalty clear. So, it should come of no surprise that he (and his wife) wants something different for his firstborn. That means that even if Queen Elizabeth breaks the royal title rules for her newest great-grandbaby, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle might reject her offer and opt for a first and last name instead.

They wouldn’t be the first royal couple to reject royal status for their children. Princess Anne and her first husband, Mark Phillips opted out of royal titles for their son, Peter and daughter, Zara. Peter and Zara Phillips might have grown up in the glitz and glam of royalty, but their lives are somewhat normal (which is something Prince Harry and Meghan Markle want for their children). The siblings both work normal jobs — Peter has worked corporate jobs and Zara is an Olympic equestrian — and (for the most part) live away from the royal limelight.

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