Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Children Won’t Have This Royal Title

It feels like the royal wedding just happened, but people are already looking forward to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to have children. However, they might not know what those children titles will be because royal family rules are kind of confusing. So we decided to break it down.

After all, there are titles like prince, princess, Duke, Duchess, Lord, and Lady. They are all used for different reasons due to rules made as early as 1917 by other members of the royal family. Yet the rules are still evolving, and there have been updates as recently as before Kate Middleton had her children.

So what is and isn’t possible? Who gets to change the rules? Here are seven things to know, including why the newlywed royal couple’s children won’t have this specific royal title (page 5) and how that could possibly change.

1. Meghan Markle’s title is the Duchess of Sussex

Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex leave from the West Door of St George's Chapel.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | Ben Stansall/WPA Pool/Getty Images

Although many people might be using the term “princess” for Meghan Markle, her real title is actually the Duchess of Sussex and Harry’s title is Duke of Sussex. Her title actually made history because there has never been a Duchess of Sussex before.

So how does royal tradition affect their children if they have any? We decided to find out, but first, there is a question of if they will have children and when.

Next: This is what Prince Harry previously said about having children. 

2. Prince Harry previously said he wants children

Prince harry and Meghan Markle with their royal party.

They are clearly great with children. | Kensington Palace via Twitter

It seems very likely that the newlyweds will have children, given Prince Harry’s previous remarks. “I’ve longed for kids since I was very, very young,” he told ABC News. “I’m waiting to find the right person. Someone who is willing to take on the job.”

Next: Could they be having kids sooner than we think?

3. A source claims the two want children soon

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meet local school children during a visit to Birmingham on March 8, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

More royal babies might be coming sooner rather than later. | Hannah McKay/WPA Pool/Getty Images

A source claims the two aren’t going to wait to start having children. “My sources are saying that Prince Harry, particularly, is very keen to start a family, pretty soon after the royal wedding,” Katie Nicholl, author of Harry: Life, Loss, and Love told ET. “He’s made no secret about wanting children.”

Next: This is what reportedly made Prince Harry want kids.

4. Nicholl claims Prince Harry’s brother influenced him to start a family

Kate Middleton smiling at Prince William while holding their baby.

Prince William settled down before Prince Harry did. | Kensington Palace via Instagram

Prince William and Duchess Kate welcoming a third baby reportedly had an effect on Prince Harry. “I think that moment [for Harry] really kicked in when his brother, Prince William, of course, settled down with Kate Middleton,” Nicholl told ET. “That has definitely gotten Prince Harry pretty broody.”

Next: This is what their children’s title will be.

5. Their title would be Lady or Lord Mountbatten-Windsor

Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex leave Windsor Castle after their wedding to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | Steve Parsons/WPA Pool/Getty Images

Their kids won’t have a “prince” or “princess” title. Instead, it will be “lady” or “lord” followed by Mountbatten-Windsor due to a decree from King George V, according to Yahoo! News.

Next: This is why Markle and Harry’s kids won’t be prince or princesses.

6. King George V’s decree says only the oldest great-grandchildren get prince or princess titles

Prince George, Prince William, and Princess Charlotte in front of a hospital.

Prince William’s children have received these coveted titles. | Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

The specific decree that has this rule is in the Letters Patent. It reads, “The grandchildren of the sons of any such Sovereign in the direct male line (save only the eldest living son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales) shall have and enjoy in all occasions the style and title enjoyed by the children of Dukes of these Our Realms” according to Yahoo! News.

Next: This is how the rule can be changed.

7. The rule can be changed

Queen Elizabeth II attends a State Banquet on day in Berlin.

Queen Elizabeth | Michael Ukas/Pool/Getty Images

Although there is a rule limiting the use of the titles, it has been changed before with Queen Elizabeth allowing Prince George’s siblings to also get the titles, so we have Princess Charlotte.

She could change the rule again, but even if she does, it’s still up to parents Meghan Markle and Prince Harry if they want their children to have them.

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