The moment that British royal enthusiasts have been waiting for since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle said “I Do” has finally come to pass: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting a baby! Kensington Palace announced the news of Meghan’s pregnancy the morning of October 15, complete with an approximate due date of spring 2019. With a new young royal on the way, this means that the line of succession will change, just as it did when William and Kate’s son Prince Louis was born earlier this year.
Queen Elizabeth’s oldest son, Prince Charles, will remain first in line to inherit the throne after his mother. Since Prince William is older than Prince Harry, he and his three children will maintain their spots in line—second, third, fourth, and fifth, all ahead of Harry, who is now sixth in line. Harry and Meghan’s child will come immediately after Harry in the line of succession. This will make the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son or daughter seventh in line for the throne. Despite that, though, he or she won’t get a royal title—here’s why.
Meghan’s pregnancy means that Queen Elizabeth’s second son Andrew, who currently holds the seventh spot in line, will fall to eighth when the new baby is born, and everyone else below him in line will also fall one spot.
Unless William and Kate have another child, Harry and Meghan’s new baby will maintain the seventh spot in line for many years, until the next generation of royals is born (that is, when Prince George and his siblings grow up and have children). Even if Harry and Meghan have a girl, she won’t lose her spot to a potential younger brother, thanks to the 2013 law stating that gender would no longer affect a royal’s place in line. (This law also means that Princess Charlotte didn’t lose her spot when her little brother, Louis, was born.)
Next, now that Harry and Meghan’s child is part of it, get caught up on the full line of succession to the British throne.