Since Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced they’re expecting their first child, the world has been wondering about his or her official title. Prince or princess has already been ruled out—though the baby will definitely be royal. However, Meghan and Harry are reportedly just fine with no royal title at all.
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According to Express, Meghan and Harry want their child to lead a ‘relatively normal life’ and will not seek an official royal title for their baby. A source told The Sunday Times, “That word ‘normal’ looms very large for Harry and Meghan when it comes to their child’s future.”
A big part of this normal lifestyle starts without a title, although there are options. Meghan and Harry’s child is seventh-in-line for the throne and if a boy, can receive the title of Earl of Dumbarton, a title given to Harry by Queen Elizabeth on his wedding day. If a girl, the title Lady Mountbatten-Windsor would be given, and any sons after would be named Lord Mounbatten-Windsor.
The Sussexes are opting to protect their child from intense media attention, following in the footsteps of Harry’s aunt Princess Anne. “Princess Anne, the Queen’s only daughter, turned down royal titles for her two children who have lived relatively independent lives and have gone on to have their own careers,” reports Express and notes that Meghan and Harry’s no title choice, “coincides with Prince Charles’ vision for a slimmed-down monarchy in the future focused on the direct line to the throne of himself, William and his children.”
The choice also makes sense given Harry’s complicated feelings towards being a royal. Harry has been outspoken about the “tricky balancing act” he experienced growing up and has gone on record saying, “I didn’t want to be in the position I was in.”