Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s baby hasn’t even arrived yet, but fans of the royals still have so many burning questions. The royal family isn’t easy to understand, so the line for the throne can be very confusing. Could Meghan and Harry’s baby ever become king or queen?
Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince George are destined to rule because they are the first sons
The royal family used to have a rule that the first son would automatically become king, and the first daughter would only become queen if there were no suitable sons before or after her. Recently, that rule changed, which means that now, a first daughter can rule whether she has younger brothers or not. Charles, Will, and George are all destined to rule because of where they fall in line — they are all the first sons. But with that said, Harry isn’t automatically behind Will in line for the throne.
Harry is further behind in line for the throne than you might think
Just because Harry is the second son doesn’t mean he’s in line right behind Will. Right now, Will is second in line, and his first son is third in line; this makes George third in line for the throne. George is followed by Will’s other children, so Princess Charlotte is fourth in line and Prince Louis is fifth. Harry got bumped to sixth, since Will and Kate Middleton have three children.
Down the road, when George has his first child, Charlotte will get bumped from fourth to fifth, Louis from fifth to sixth, and so on, while Harry just keeps getting pushed further and further down the line.
Although it’s technically possible, Baby Sussex will likely never rule
Right now, Baby Sussex sits behind a lot of others in line to rule. Charles, Will, George, Charlotte, Louis, and Harry are all in front, so Baby Sussex is currently seventh in line. But keep in mind that once George, Charlotte, and Louis have kids, Baby Sussex will only drop further and further. When the queen passes away and Charles takes over, the Baby will move up to sixth in line, but that’s probably as far as he or she will get. But since anything is possible, there is a small chance the baby could rule — when he or she turns 18, of course. If the unlikely incident occurred that the baby had to rule before he or she turned 18, someone would step in to rule in place of Baby Sussex, but only until that 18th birthday.
Baby Sussex will have fewer royal rules to follow because of royal importance
Since, realistically, Baby Sussex won’t reach the throne, he or she actually has far fewer royal rules to follow than cousins George, Charlotte, and Louis. While royals always have to keep a polished reputation, more intense royal rules are saved for those who are directly in line to rule. George will bear the brunt of the rules out of all of the cousins, but Charlotte and Louis will have to be on their best behavior at least until George has kids. For Baby Sussex, a good reputation and a spot at the Christmas dinner table are pretty much all that are required.
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