Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have welcomed their first child, a baby boy who arrived today, May 6, 2019 His proud great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth shared Her Highnesses’ excitement in an oddly worded statement released by the royal family.
“The Duchess of Sussex Has Been Delivered of a Son”
(That sounds painless. Did he come FedEx?)
So, will he be a prince automatically? According to The Washington Post, the answer is no.
Meghan and Harry’s children will assume the title of lord or lady, not prince or princess. They can thank King George V for that. Back in 1917, William and Harry’s great-great-grandfather decided to limit the titles of members of the royal family, stating:
“The grandchildren of the sons of any such Sovereign in the direct male line (save only the eldest living son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales) shall have and enjoy in all occasions the style and title enjoyed by the children of Dukes of these Our Realms.”
VERY Game of Thrones. Nevertheless, the Queen is “delighted with the news” about the baby’s arrival. Read the message, which was shared on the royal family’s Instagram account.
ConDRAGulations, Meghan & Harry!
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Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex was safely delivered of a son at 0526hrs this morning. The baby weighs 7lbs 3oz. The Duke of Sussex was present for the birth. The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Lady Jane Fellowes, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Earl Spencer have been informed and are delighted with the news. The Duchess’s mother, Doria Ragland, who is overjoyed by the arrival of her first grandchild, is with Their Royal Highnesses at Frogmore Cottage. Her Royal Highness and the baby are both doing well.