Prince Harry, 36, and Meghan Markle, 39, quit their roles as senior royals last year after revealing they were unhappy in the limelight and wanted to pursue a “more peaceful” life elsewhere. Since then the Sussexes have settled in the USA and are expected to remain Stateside for the foreseeable future.
One of the key reasons behind the couple’s decision to ditch is understood to have been their wish to raise their son Archie Harrison, one, as a private citizen.
They decided against giving him a royal title at birth and are likely to do the same when their second baby arrives later this year.
While Archie is entitled to be known by his father’s Earl of Dumbarton subsidiary title, Meghan and Harry chose not to put it on his birth certificate.
Now they are based in Montecito, Santa Barbara and have gained financial independence from the Royal Family, Meghan and Harry will be able to bring up their children without the constraints of royal protocol.
They have signed lucrative deals with both Netflix and Spotify and are no longer bound to the monarchy.
However, despite their wish to live independently, Prince Harry is still sixth in line to the throne and the son of future king Prince Charles, 72.
When Prince Charles takes the throne there will be a shift in the line of succession that will automatically affect Harry’s offspring whether he likes it or not.
According to a royal expert, Harry and Meghan’s children will automatically take HRH styles and Prince/Princess titles when their grandfather Prince Charles wears the crown.
Constitutional expert Iain MacMarthanne told Express.co.uk: “Under the terms of George V’s Letters Patent of 1917, those who would be a Princess or Prince and an HRH were curtailed.
“Accordingly, it will not be until the accession of the Prince of Wales that the Sussexes children, including their second born, will have a right to enjoy these styles and titles.
“In the meantime, as a child of a duke, they are permitted use of the courtesy title Lady or Lord.”
Whether or not Archie and his sibling choose to use their royal titles will be up to them when they turn 18.
When will Meghan and Harry return to the UK?
While Prince Harry was due back in Britain this spring for his grandfather Prince Philip’s 100th birthday there are now fears he could postpone the trip as it may coincide with his baby’s due date.
Harry and Meghan revealed their pregnancy news to the world by releasing a new black and white photo on Valentine’s Day.
A Sussex spokesperson confirmed the couple were “overjoyed” to be expecting in a statement which said: “Archie is going to be a big brother.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are overjoyed to be expecting their second child.”
While Meghan is expected to remain behind in the States, Harry is due back in the UK in July to unveil a new statue of his late mother Princess Diana that was commissioned by the Duke and his brother Prince William.
Whether or not Harry is able to make it back for the Duke’s birthday on June 10 remains to be seen.
The Queen’s official birthday parade Trooping the Colour is also due to go ahead on June 12 and is likely to be attended by extended Royal Family members.
Meghan and Harry’s son Archie has not been back to Britain since November 2019 and it remains unclear when he will next get to see his royal relatives.
— to www.msn.com