Unless you’ve been living under rock, in a cave or somewhere below sea level, then you’ve most definitely heard the news that Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex is pregnant with her first child. And she’s already making maternity wear look chic af, of course.
But dresses aside, we want to know all the deets so we can prepare ourselves for the celebrations when the little one finally arrives next year.
The newborn will also be Prince Harry’s first child, and will be cousin to three adorable royals Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. But will they go traditional with the name? And will they get a royal title like the rest of their family?
Here’s all the info you need to know right now.
The due date
The formal announcement of Meghan’s pregnancy was made on 15th October 2018, confirming that the baby is due to arrive in spring 2019.
With many parents waiting until 12 weeks into the pregnancy to announce their news, we can take a good guess at April being the month they’ll be welcomed into the world. Cousin Prince Louis was born on 23rd April earlier this year, so there’s a strong chance they could end up sharing a birthday if our predictions are correct!
We’re all expecting Meghan and Harry to stick with tradition, but her American influence could see a few more alternative monikers thrown into the mix.
However, according to reports, early favourites at betting service Betfair are Diana, Arthur, Alice and Edward – the first being the name of Harry’s late mother. It would make a lovely tribute, but won’t be on the card until the baby’s sex is revealed.
A royal title?
This little one will be seventh in line to the throne and the Queen’s eighth great-grandchild, but that doesn’t guarantee them a royal title. In fact, a royal rule from 1917 means that only Prince William’s kids will get prince or princess titles, as Harry is too far down the line, unless the Queen decides to change it.
Instead, if they have a son, they will be named Earl of Dumbarton, while any more children will be either Lord or Lady Mountbatten-Windsor. But it’s likely Harry is happy with that, as he’s called living a royal and normal life a “tricky balancing act” in the past.
Princess Anne – the Queen’s only daughter – actually refused royal titles for her children, enabling them to go on to live a fairly private and normal life.