How Many Children Do Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Want?

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are expecting their first child! Everybody is excited — and asking tons of questions. When did the couple share the happy news with the royal family? Will the new baby alter the line of succession to the throne? When is Meghan Markle’s due date? What title will the child have?

Plus, just like with Kate Middleton and Prince William, people want to know how many children Meghan Markle and Prince Harry want. Sure, we’re getting ahead of ourselves in trying to figure out the answer. (Just let them enjoy this pregnancy and the birth of their first child, right?) But surprisingly enough, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have already given some clues about how they envision their family.

Prince Harry has wanted children for years

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | Chris Jackson – Pool/Getty Images

According to royal expert Katie Nicholl, Prince Harry has known that he wanted children since his older brother, Prince William, “settled down with Kate Middleton.” As Entertainment Tonight reports, “it’s no secret that Harry loves children.” And Meghan Markle was particularly excited to meet Prince George and Princess Charlotte when she was first getting acquainted with the royal family. Nicholl says that Harry was excited for Meghan to meet his nephew and niece, too, to show Meghan that marrying into the royal family “doesn’t mean you can’t have a regular family with cute children, and here are George and Charlotte to show that that can happen. That was really important to him.”

Having children is a ‘priority’ for the couple

Not even a month after the royal wedding, Us Weekly spoke to a source who claimed that “having children is definitely a priority” for the couple. The source said of Meghan Markle, “She and Harry want to start a family right away.” And Cosmopolitan notes, Meghan “has already had a 12-week-scan, which suggests she conceived back in July.” The Mirror had previously reported that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex hoped to have a baby within a year of getting married. Both Meghan and Harry reportedly said that they’d love to have “children” or “kids,” plural, so it’s possible that they’re planning to have more than one child.

Prince Harry thinks this number is ‘too many’ children

Prince Harry and wife Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex attend a Summer Party at the British Ambassador's residence at Glencairn House in Dublin

Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, attend a Summer Party at the British Ambassador’s residence at Glencairn House in Dublin. | Brian Lawless/ AFP/ Getty Images

Cosmopolitan reports that though Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may want multiple children, Prince Harry joked that he thought that five was “too many.” On a trip to Ireland, a woman named Elaine Adam-Stewart reportedly said to Harry, “My husband also has red hair, and he gave me five children — when are you and Meghan going to get going?” Harry supposedly laughed and answered, “Five children? — too many.” However, as Bustle reports, “Although Prince Harry and Meghan have yet to throw out a specific number regarding exactly how many children they plan on having, they’ve teased that they’ll definitely want to try for more than one or two.”

They joked about wanting a lot of children

As Bustle reports, “the biggest giveaway” that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry want a lot of children came “at the end of March, when the two were spotted eyeing baby products at a young entrepreneur event in Ireland.” When the Duke and Duchess looked at a baby product company called Shnuggle, the couple behind the brand reportedly offered Harry and Meghan a non-slip baby bath for free. Harry reportedly asked, “How many have you got?” And Meghan supposedly said, “I’m sure at some point we’ll need the whole lot.”

Many royals have opted to have two children

Cosmopolitan points out that in recent years, many members of the British royal family have ended up having two children. In fact, “Each one of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s four children went on to have two of their own: Prince Charles had William and Harry with Diana, while Princess Anne had Zara and Peter Phillips with her husband, Captain Mark Phillips.” Plus, “Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson went on to have two daughters — Beatrice and Eugenie — and Prince Edward had Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn with his wife, Sophie.” Prince William and Kate Middleton broke with recent tradition by having a third child, Prince Louis.

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