Wed, 9 Jan, 2019
The surprising reason why the Queen might not give Harry and Meghan’s baby a royal title
Despite Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s baby set to be the most anticipated royal baby since Prince George in 2013, their newborn baby won’t come with a royal title.
This surprising news is thanks to a ruling in the Letters Patent, that was issued by King George V in 1917. The ruling states:
“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.”
In other words, the great-grandchildren of the Queen do not automatically receive the naming of ‘His Royal Highness’. They would simply take the more traditional surname of ‘Mountbatten-Windsor’.
There are rumours that the Queen might step in as she did with Princess Charlotte to ensure that she, Prince Louis and other siblings follow the same naming stylings as Prince George.
However, this might not be what the royal couple want. Prince Harry has often proclaimed that he wants a normal life. In fact, it’s been one of the things the royal has been most outspoken about.
In 2017, the Prince said:
“I am determined to have a relatively normal life, and if I am lucky enough to have children they can have one too.
"We don’t want to be just a bunch of celebrities but instead use our role for good.”
With Prince Charles wanting a smaller royal family, according to the Daily Mail, it might end up happening this way.
Guess we have to wait and see!