This morning, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcomed the newest royal baby boy. And while fans try to guess his name, there’s an even bigger question to be answered: What does his birth mean for the line of succession to the British throne?
According to reports, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’ son will be seventh in line to inherit the crown. He falls behind Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, and Prince Harry. (In 2012, the Queen changed the rules so that boys are not automatically given preference over girls, hence why Princess Charlotte is ahead of her brother, Prince Louis, on the list.)
The birth of the royal baby has slightly changed the order of succession, pushing Prince Andrew to number eight. The prince is the newborn’s grand-uncle and the second son of Queen Elizabeth. Also behind the newest royal baby is Princess Beatrice of York at number nine and Princess Eugenie of York at number 10.
Meghan and Harry announced the arrival of their first child together, who was born at 5:26 a.m. Monday morning, via an Instagram post on their official page. “The Duchess and baby are both healthy and well, and the couple thanks members of the public for their shared excitement and support during this very special time in their lives,” the caption read.
Additionally, Buckingham Palace released a statement which not only said that Prince Harry was by Meghan’s side for the birth of their son but that “the Duchess’s mother, Doria Ragland, who is overjoyed by the arrival of her first grandchild, is with Their Royal Highnesses at Frogmore Cottage.”
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We are pleased to announce that Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their firstborn child in the early morning on May 6th, 2019. Their Royal Highnesses’ son weighs 7lbs. 3oz. The Duchess and baby are both healthy and well, and the couple thank members of the public for their shared excitement and support during this very special time in their lives. More details will be shared in the forthcoming days.