Will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Son Ever Be King?

Now that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are the parents of a baby boy everyone has so many questions about their little one.

Royal fans want to know when we will see the first photos of him, what his name will be, and could he be possibly be king one day? Here’s where baby Sussex falls in the line of succession and what that means for any future as the monarch.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | Facundo Arrizabalaga – Pool/Getty Images

How the line of succession works

The line of succession to the British throne is the order in which members of the royal family come to the throne when the reigning king or queen passes away. That line changes for certain royals with every birth of a new baby and some of the rules have been tweaked over the past few years so that males no longer take precedence over their older sisters.

According to the royal family’s website, “The Succession to the Crown Act (2013) amended the provisions of the Bill of Rights and the Act of Settlement to end the system of male primogeniture, under which a younger son can displace an elder daughter in the line of succession. The Act applies to those born after 28 October 2011.”

Where are Prince Harry and his son in line?

The Duke of Sussex is sixth in the line of succession and his son comes behind him at seventh, a spot that was previously occupied by Harry’s uncle Prince Andrew. Following baby Sussex’s birth, the Duke of York was bumped to eighth. Andrew was actually second in line when he was born.

Prince Harry
Prince Harry | Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

If Markle and Harry have any more children they will be behind their older sibling in the line and push Prince Andrew down again.

Will baby Sussex ever be king?

It’s very unlikely that Harry or his son will ever be king because of how many other royals are above them in the line.

Prince Charlesis the heir apparent and will take over the throne after his mother, Queen Elizabeth II. Following Charles is his oldest son and Harry’s brother, Prince William.

The Duke of Cambridge’s first child, Prince George, is third. His little sister, Charlotte, is fourth thanks to the Succession to the Crown Act, and her younger brother, Prince Louis, is fifth in line.

Royal baby announcement
Image via sussexroyal Instagram

Not only that but just like Prince Andrew, Harry and his son will get bumped down even further in the line once the Cambridge children start having kids of their own. This actually works out well for Prince Harry who has admitted in the past that he does not want to be king.

“We are not doing this for ourselves but for the greater good of the people,” the told Newsweek. “Is there any one of the royal family who wants to be king or queen? I don’t think so, but we will carry out our duties at the right time.”

Read more: When Will the Public Get To See the First Photos of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Baby Boy?

Check out The Cheat Sheet on Facebook!