How Will Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Make Sure Their Child Isn’t Spoiled?

When Meghan Markle wed Prince Harry in a televised ceremony at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle in May 2018, they received the titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex. This year, the couple will receive another set of titles: Mummy and Daddy.

In October 2018, Kensington Royal Palace announced that the newlyweds are expecting a baby this spring. Speculation puts the duchess’ due date in late March or early April.

Although the royal family is worth $88 billion altogether, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan don’t plan to allow a life of privilege to affect their child. The parents-to-be insist that their child will not be spoiled, and they’re willing to break tradition to ensure it.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry want their children to have ‘normal’ experiences

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

The royal couple has $45 million in the bank now, but that hasn’t always been the case for Duchess Meghan. Unlike Prince Harry, the duchess wasn’t born into a life of luxury. Prior to becoming a duchess, she eked out a living as an actress. Markle’s hard work paid off, landing her a starring role in the series Suits and a stint as a briefcase model on Deal or No Deal. The couple seem to be drawing inspiration from Duchess Meghan’s own life experiences as they make plans to expose their children to “normal things” like public transportation, chores, and jobs.

Royal contributor Omid Scobie told Us Weekly that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex plan to “bring up children who know the values of normal things in life.” Scobie explained that Her Royal Highness wants her children to grow up having the same experiences as other children. “Meghan will take her kids on a subway,” he said. “They’ll have chores, and jobs one day. They won’t be spoiled.”

This isn’t the first time the parents-to-be have voiced a desire for their future children to lead “normal” lives. In a 2017 interview, Prince Harry said a normal life for himself and his future children was important to him. “My mother took a huge part in showing me an ordinary life,” he said. “Thank goodness I’m not completely cut off from reality… I am determined to have a relatively normal life, and if I am lucky enough to have children, they can have one, too.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s baby will not be born a prince or princess

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

According to royal rules, gender and birthright dictate what kind of title the royal baby will inherit. For example, only Prince William’s children are entitled to inherit titles like His or Her Royal Highness and prince or princess, because they are in direct line for succession to the throne. Prince Harry is sixth in line to inherit the throne, so his child will not automatically become a prince or princess at birth.

The baby’s official title will depend on its gender. The couple’s first son will be given the official title of Earl of Dumbarton and he may even inherit the dukedom from Prince Harry. If the child inherits the dukedom, he would eventually inherit the title of Duke of Sussex from his father as well. Younger sons would be given the title of Lord (his name) Windsor, while daughters would be given the official title of Lady (her name) Windsor. The Queen and the child’s parents are generally consulted before titles are issued, however.

The Queen can issue titles at her discretion, and she has done so in cases such as Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie. Although she could decide to bestow the title of prince or princess upon Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s child, Her Majesty likes to take the parents’ preference into consideration before granting titles. Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan are well within their rights to request a more low-key title for their child, and they would not be the first royals to do so.