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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry just announced they’re expecting their first child, and while the baby will certainly be royal (and seventh in line to the throne), he or she won’t have a prince or princess title the way Kate Middleton and Prince William’s children do. In fact, only Kate and William’s kids will have those titles. Meghan and Harry’s children will have lord or lady titles, with the exception of their oldest son, who will be an earl.
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As Daily Mail reports, this is because George V, the great-great grandfather of Prince Harry, limited prince and princess titles within the British royal family in 1917. “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,” he decreed.
Harry and Meghan’s oldest son would have the title Earl of Dumbarton, a title given to Harry on his wedding day. Their daughters would be Lady (First Name) Mountbatten-Windsor, and any younger sons Lord (First Name) Mountbatten-Windsor.
The Queen could reverse this and allow Meghan and Harry’s kids to have prince and princess titles, of course. She did change the rules slightly to allow all of Kate and William’s children, not just Prince George, their oldest, to have HRH titles.