You Should Be Upset by the Titles That Will Be Given to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Children — Here’s Why
Now that the royal wedding‘s over, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are ready to take on all their brand new tasks as a married couple. From their new living quarters near Prince William and Kate Middleton to Meghan’s appearances at all the royal events, we can’t wait to see what they do next.
There’s another thought on everyone’s mind, too — and that’s how the couple feels about having kids. And if they do have a little boy or girl, will the baby get the coveted prince or princess title? Here’s the truth behind what titles Meghan and Harry’s kids will get (pages 6 and 7), and why Meghan might be pretty upset by it (page 8).
1. Harry has said he can’t wait to have children
- Prince Harry said he wanted to start a family soon after the wedding.
Now that he’s married, it seems Harry is eager to start a family, royal expert Katie Nicholl tells InStyle. “He’s made no secret about wanting children,” Nicholl said. “Prince Harry, particularly, is very keen to start a family, pretty soon after the royal wedding.”
Nicholl mentioned his brother, Prince William, having children with Kate Middleton may have really made him want kids even more. “That has definitely gotten Prince Harry pretty broody,” she said.
Next: Here’s how Meghan Markle feels about becoming a parent.
2. Meghan also reportedly can’t wait to be a mom
- Meghan has already looked at baby products while on a royal visit to Ireland in March.
Harry hoped Meghan wants children just as bad as he does, it seems. As royal expert Nicholl told InStyle, Harry wanted Meghan to meet Princess Charlotte and Prince George to see that she can have “a regular family with cute children.” Nicholl added that “here are George and Charlotte to show that that can happen. That was really important to him.”
The good news is Meghan seems on the same page. Her former agent, Gina Nelthorpe-Cowne, said Meghan told her she’d absolutely love to have kids of her own.
Next: When it comes to official royal titles, the queen has all of the say.
3. Queen Elizabeth II gave Harry and Meghan brand new royal titles when they got married
- Harry and Meghan are the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Royal newborns aren’t the only ones with a title change. Bustle informs us that every new married couple in the royal family gets a new title, too. And Queen Elizabeth II decided to give Harry the official name of His Royal Highness Duke of Sussex. As for Meghan, she appropriately became Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex.
This is similar to William and Kate, who also have the duke and duchess titles. As for their children, however, Harry and Meghan’s kids will likely have different titles than Will and Kate’s.
Next: The queen has also given titles to these little royals.
4. The queen also gave Prince William and Kate’s kids their ultra-regal titles
- The queen changed an age-old rule for Kate’s firstborn child.
Thanks to the queen stepping in, William and Kate’s children are Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.
Bustle explains when it comes to Prince George, the oldest boy, his status as a prince made sense. But the queen actually changed an old rule before the gender of Kate’s firstborn was even revealed. The original rule stated if the firstborn was a boy, he would get the title of prince, but a girl would not be a princess. The queen changed it so no matter the gender of Kate’s child, they would get the prince/princess prefix to their name.
Next: Kate Middleton’s second child also made royal history.
5. Charlotte has made history with her standing as a princess
- Charlotte is fourth in line to the throne, with her younger brother being fifth.
If Charlotte was born before George, she would not have been rewarded the title of princess, Bustle notes. But that’s not the only way the pint-sized royal has already made history.
The publication explains she was the first to benefit from the Succession to the Crown Act in 2013. Without the act, her younger brother, Louis, would surpass her in line for the throne due to his gender. But this act makes age a bigger priority, meaning she’s next in line for the throne after her older brother, George.
Next: Here’s what Meghan and Harry’s son would receive as a title.
6. If Meghan and Harry have a son, he would get the title of duke
- Dukedom can currently only be inherited by males.
For Harry and Meghan’s kids to be princes or princesses, they’d need special permission from the queen. And since she’s granted it once, we don’t doubt she’ll grant it again. But that’s not the only title worth discussing.
It’s also likely Meghan and Harry’s hypothetical son would receive the title of duke, People reports. In this case, a son would inherit the title and the land. But here’s the catch: The dukedom can only be inherited by a male heir. This means their daughter would have a completely different (and lower) title.
Next: Here’s what their daughter’s title would be.
7. If they have a daughter, she would not become a duchess
- A daughter would get the title of lady.
Sorry, but Harry and Meghan’s daughter won’t get the same royal title as a son. As stated before, only a male heir can acquire the dukedom — and without one, the title will simply die out. In order for a daughter of theirs to become a duchess, she would have to marry a duke.
So, what would a daughter be called? Hello! says she’d be granted the official prefix of lady. There’s also the slim chance a son wouldn’t receive the duke title and would instead be called lord, which would be much fairer.
Next: How do Meghan and Harry feel about these different titles?
8. Harry and Meghan’s feminist standing conflicts with these archaic rules
- Meghan has confirmed Harry is a feminist, too, and he’s even spoken about gender gaps in education.
Harry and Meghan have yet to make any official statements on the titles of their future children. And perhaps they’ll wait to have these conversations until Meghan’s pregnant. Even so, only having the son receive the title of “duke” doesn’t align with their feminist ideals. Even on the royal family website, it says under Meghan’s “About” page that she is “proud to be a woman and a feminist.”
And she’s not the only one who wants equality for women. Bustle reports Prince Harry has confirmed he’s a feminist as well.
Next: Is there a chance their kids will have no royal titles at all?
9. The couple may not want to give their children any royal titles at all
- The queen’s son, Prince Edward, did not give his children any royal titles.
Harry and Meghan may choose to skip the titles altogether — and they wouldn’t be the first. Bustle reports in 1999, Prince Edward, Queen Elizabeth’s son, didn’t give his kids the title of prince, princess, or His or Her Royal Highness. The reason? At the time, BBC News said it was a “clear personal wish” of Edward and his wife, as they deemed it “appropriate to the likely future circumstances of their children.”
Seeing as Meghan and Harry are already super progressive, they may go totally rogue and forget the royal titles altogether, too. We’ll have to wait and see.
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