Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are expecting their first child any day now.
Many questions still remain about the royal baby, including what their name will be.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have previously said they don’t yet know the gender of the baby.
But either way Meghan and Harry’s child will be seventh in line to the throne, and will unlikely ever be King or Queen.
And even though Meghan and Harry were given official titles by the Queen, the royal baby won’t automatically be a prince or princess.
“All the children of the eldest son of The Prince of Wales should have and enjoy the style, title and attribute of Royal Highness”
This is because of the 1917 decree by King George V, which said only the oldest son of the Prince of Wales’ oldest son was entitled to a His Royal Highness (HRH) title, becoming a Prince.
But in December 2012 the Queen issued a new Letters Patent, which declared all of Prince William’s and Kate Middleton’s children would have the HRH tile and be prince and princess.
The official statement read: “The Queen has been pleased by Letters Patent under the Great Seal of the Realm dated 31 December 2012 to declare that all the children of the eldest son of The Prince of Wales should have and enjoy the style, title and attribute of Royal Highness with the titular dignity of Prince or Princess prefixed to their Christian names or with such other titles of honour.”
At the present time this ruling does not apply to Prince Harry’s future children.
However, the Queen could choose to step in and issue Harry’s child with a title.
But currently the Queen is yet to make special permission for their child to have an HRH title.
The royal baby will currently be styled as Earl Dumbarton or Lady (first name) Mountbatten-Windsor.
Any future sons of Harry and Meghan will have the title Lord Mountbatten-Windsor.
But regardless of the gender of the first royal baby they will remain ahead of any future babies in the succession to the throne.
At the present time Meghan and Harry have remained tight-lipped about any information about the royal baby.
Buckingham Palace said: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very grateful for the goodwill they have received from people throughout the United Kingdom and around the world as they prepare to welcome their baby.
“Their Royal Highnesses have taken a personal decision to keep the plans around the arrival of their baby private.
“The Duke and Duchess look forward to sharing the exciting news with everyone once they have had an opportunity celebrate privately as a new family.”