Where Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Baby Will Fall in Line to the Throne
By Antoinette Bueno
The world is eagerly awaiting the arrival of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's first child, but where will the son or daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stand in line for the throne?
Whether or not Meghan and Harry's child is a boy or girl, he or she will be actually be seventh in the British royal family order of succession. The basis for the line to the throne was determined all the way back in the constitutional developments of the seventeenth century, in the 1689 Bill of Rights and the 1701 Act of Settlement.
Of course, the succession to the throne is also regulated not only through descent, but also by the Parliament -- a royal can be deprived of his or her title through misgovernment.
Harry and Meghan's baby will fall directly behind Harry in line to the throne, and also behind Prince William and Kate Middleton's three children -- 5-year-old Prince George, 3-year-old Princess Charlotte and 10-month-old Prince Louis -- who take up the third, fourth and fifth spots, respectively. Interestingly, in 2013, a new act was passed decreeing that male heirs no longer take precedence over their sisters, which is why Princess Charlotte is ahead of Prince Louis.
Meanwhile, Prince Charles remains at the top spot to succeed his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, followed by Prince William.
Baby Sussex will, however, knock Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, as well as his daughters -- Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie -- one spot down. Prince Andrew will now occupy the eighth spot, while Beatrice and Eugenie will take the ninth and 10th spots.
Here is the current official order of succession:
1. The Prince of Wales
2. The Duke of Cambridge
3. Prince George of Cambridge
4. Princess Charlotte of Cambridge
5. Prince Louis of Cambridge
6. The Duke of Sussex
7. The Duke of York
8. Princess Beatrice of York
9. Princess Eugenie of York
10. The Earl of Wessex
11. Viscount Severn
12. The Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor
13. The Princess Royal
14. Mr. Peter Phillips
15. Miss Savannah Phillips
16. Miss Isla Phillips
17. Mrs. Michael Tindall
As Meghan gets closer and closer to her due date, she is reportedly asking her good friends Serena Williams and Amal Clooney for advice. Watch the video below for more: