Will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Baby Break This Royal Record?

The arrival of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s baby is fast approaching and while royal baby watchers wonder if they’ll have a boy or a girl and what they will name Baby Sussex, there’s another detail worth noting. Will Baby Sussex break a royal record held by his/her cousin, Prince Louis?

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry visit to Pillars, a charity operating across New Zealand
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | JASON DORDAY/AFP/Getty Images

When is Baby Sussex due?

Meghan Markle’s exact due date remains a mystery, but many are speculating that the baby’s arrival will be coming soon, based on the official pregnancy announcement noting a “spring” arrival. We’re finally into the spring months and it looks like Markle has slowed down on her appearances.

She’s dropped some hints along the way about how close to the due date she is, revealing during a recent visit to Birkenhead that they are expecting Baby Sussex “end of April, early May.”

Earlier this month, at an event honoring Prince Charles, Markle was asked about her pregnancy by Welsh Secretary of State Alun Cairns, who commented, “All in good order? I’m sure everyone is asking.” She answered, “No, it’s actually very sweet. It’s a very nurturing sweet thing to ask. We’re nearly there!”

Will Baby Sussex break a royal record?

It will be interesting to see if Markle and Prince Harry’s baby breaks a record held by Prince Louis — which is the heaviest heir to the throne in a century, according to Hello! magazine. Louis weighed 8 pounds 7 ounces at birth.

According to the report, Louis is Prince Charles’ biggest grandchild so far. By comparison, Prince George weighed 8 pounds 6 ounces when he was born and Princess Charlotte weighed 8 pounds 3 ounces.

Louis isn’t, however, the heaviest baby born into the royal family, but rather, the biggest heir to the throne. The biggest royal baby was Mike and Zara Tindall’s daughter Lena, who weighed 9 pounds 3 ounces when she was born in June 2018.

In December, Kate Middleton shared that her children will be thrilled with the arrival of Prince Harry and Markle’s baby, noting during a visit to Leicester University: “It’s such a special time to all have kiddies. And a cousin for George and Charlotte as well, and Louis. So it will be really special.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle set an interesting record

Meanwhile, there’s another royal baby record that the couple have set — the Duke and Duchess of Sussex “produced a future royal baby quicker than the rest of the British monarchy,” Hello! magazine reports.

Dating app Jaumo recently analyzed ten royal families from various countries to see which ones produced children the quickest. Hello! magazine notes: “According to the findings, British royal couples usually wait an average of 1008 days, or 2.76 years, between marriage and their first child, or 1166 days between getting engaged and having their first child, longer than any other European royal household.”

The report adds: “But Meghan and Harry didn’t hang around, with Meghan due to give birth to her first child in April 2019, less than a year after her May 2018 wedding to Prince Harry.”