All the Ways Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Baby Will Make Royal History

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are officially less than two months away from the arrival of their first child, and the public can’t seem to wait any longer. Every time the couple makes an appearance, people swoon at Meghan’s baby bump and can’t wait to catch the first glimpse of the baby when it arrives. But Meghan and Harry’s baby is important for more reasons than just who his or her parents are. The baby will make history as an individual in many ways, too.

While the royal family has a long, long line of history, Meghan and Harry’s baby will be the first to break these barriers in at least the last 100 years.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Morocco | Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images

Baby Sussex will be the first Caucasian/African-American baby in the royal family

When Harry and Meghan got married, they broke royal barriers. Meghan is biracial, and nobody in the royal family has ever been biracial. When Meghan became a duchess, she made history. And now, her baby with Harry will, too. Baby Sussex will be the first blood royal to ever be mixed race. Meghan has always been extremely proud of who she is, although she has said in the past that she struggled to find herself as a child. But now, she will bring that pride to her newest baby and break royal barriers even more.

The baby will be immediately eligible for dual U.S.-U.K. citizenship

Another way Baby Sussex will make history is being the first royal baby born to an American mother. Since Meghan is a United States citizen, her baby will automatically be eligible for U.S. citizenship. This is a feat no other royal has acquired in history. Although it’s unclear if Baby Sussex will actually apply for citizenship or become a citizen, it’s still groundbreaking that he or she will be able to do so with ease. However, it’s also unclear whether Meghan will remain a U.S. citizen the more she settles into her new royal life. She may choose to give up her U.S. passport entirely.

The baby’s birth might break royal tradition

Although Meghan and Harry haven’t announced Meghan’s preferred way of giving birth, there has been speculation that Meghan will not deliver her baby in the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in London. The Lindo Wing has been the birth place of choice for many royal family members, including all of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s children. However, there have been rumors that Meghan would prefer to have a home birth rather than the popular Lindo Wing. There have also been rumors that Meghan may return to the U.S. to deliver Baby Sussex, but that seems a bit more far fetched since she likely won’t be able to travel that far so close to her due date.

Baby Sussex will be the first modern-day royal child raised in Frogmore Cottage

Meghan and Harry announced in late 2018 that they would be taking up residence at Frogmore Cottage, which is on the grounds of Windsor Castle. Royal family members live fairly spread out, with some at Buckingham Palace, some at Kensington Palace, and others in different parts of England. However, Meghan and Harry’s baby will be the first child to be raised at Frogmore Cottage since the 1800s. The duke and duchess have been working hard to make the cottage their own before the arrival of the new baby. With the due date getting closer and closer, the couple (and the public) is only getting more excited to welcome the newest addition to the family.

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