What Meghan and Harry’s Baby Will Mean For the Crown

So if you haven’t heard, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expecting their first child in spring of 2019, which is honestly the positive news we all needed to hear in a week (year, really) of bad news. The two were married in May of this year in a televised ceremony that brought in a viewership of 29.2 million people worldwide. Harry and Meghan have been together since 2016 after being set up on a blind date by a mutual friend.

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A few days ago, it was announced they were expecting their first child, and one of the first questions I had was, where does this baby fall in line? As many people know, Harry is now sixth in line to the throne, behind Charles, his father, William, his older brother, and William’s three children, George, Charlotte, and Louis. Before George was born, the law was famously changed that kept female heirs at a lower status than males, meaning that if the pair have a little girl, she will not have to be skipped over to be in line, and if she has younger brothers, her place in the succession will remain the same. The child will be seventh in line to the throne no matter their gender.     

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Socially, this is also a very significant birth for the crown. This will be the first biracial person in line for the British Crown in history. This will also be the first time someone in line for the throne could be up for an American citizenship. This is a direct example of how the crown is changing with the times, and how marriage is much more about love than it ever was before.   

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Beyond it all, two people who are in love are having a baby, and if that doesn’t warm your heart, I don’t know what will. Congrats to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex! May your child be happy, healthy, and cute as a button.