Will Baby Sussex Have Red Hair Like Prince Harry?

For now, bettors are trying to figure out the gender of Baby Sussex. Millions of dollars are being placed on when the royal baby will arrive, what gender he or she will be, and what Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will choose for a name. But one thing that hasn’t come up much in conversation is this: What will the royal baby look like?

Besides 4D ultrasound technology, which can give new parents a remarkable look at what their new baby will look like with detailed depictions of their facial features, there’s no way to know if the royal baby will closely resemble Prince Harry or if he or she will favor Meghan Markle. But given how good-looking the parents are, no doubt the royal baby will be absolutely stunning.

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

What will the royal baby look like?

No matter what they end up looking like, a baby is always the perfect mix of both parents, with fifty percent of their genes coming from the mother and the other half from the father. Dominant genes trump recessive genes, which is why more people have brown eyes than blue eyes. Red hair is another recessive gene that is becoming more and more rare.

A baby born to two naturally red-headed parent will have red hair because both would have to carry the recessive genes exclusively. But obviously Meghan Markle does not have red hair. So can she and Prince Harry have a red-headed baby?

Princess Diana, Prince William and Prince Harry
Diana, Princess of Wales with her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry | Tim Graham/Getty Images

What are the chances that Baby Sussex will have red hair?

Prince Harry, a natural redhead, was born to parents who don’t have red hair. That means that both Prince Charles and Princess Diana carried the recessive redhead gene. Obviously, Prince Harry is a carrier. In order for the royal baby to have red hair, Meghan Markle will have to also carry the gene for red hair. They call this being a “secret ginger.”

If Meghan Markle does not carry the gene, then there’s no chance of the baby having red hair. Often, red hair will skip several generations and then appear by surprise. Even if there aren’t any redheads in the Duchess of Sussex’s immediate family, it doesn’t mean it’s impossible for her to have a redheaded child.

Will other royal babies have red hair?

The royal family
The royal family | Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images

Even if this royal baby doesn’t have red hair, that doesn’t mean that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s future kids won’t have red hair. If Meghan Markle carries the gene, then every baby they have has a chance of inheriting this recessive gene and being a redhead like their father.

And even though Prince William doesn’t have red hair, it doesn’t mean that his kids won’t be redheads. Since we already know that both of his parents carry the recessive redhead gene, it’s possible that Prince William also carries it. If Kate Middleton also has the gene, then their next child (if they choose to have more) could be a redhead, too.

Imagine how cute little royal redheaded cousins would look in family photos!