Rule Breaker: 7 Ways Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Firstborn Will Change Royal Traditions

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Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, and the whole world are waiting for the arrival of their newborn this spring. And even though we all know how royal families cherish their traditions, these parents may break a rule or two.  

Nexter.org prepared you a list of the ways how the little Sussex will be different from other royal babies.

First royal baby to live in Frogmore Cottage

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The Cottage is located on the grounds of Windsor, it is more than 200 years old and no heir has never lived there. Queen Elizabeth II gifted the property to her grandson in 2018. It used to be “divided into five units which were home to royal staff, but it will be transformed into a family home with modern amenities.”

Unexpected (or no) title

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The new royal baby will not go by a prince or princess, according to the Letters Patent issued by King George V in 1917, which state that only the oldest grandson (Prince George) of the heir apparent (Prince Charles) gets that privilege.

Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis were an exception that Queen decided to do. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s child would go by Lord or Lady [First Name] Mountbatten-Windsor. But not having a title is also an option.

Challenging the patriarchal aristocracy

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In case the newborn will be a boy, he might get an Earl of Dumbarton title. But girls are not allowed to have that title. TIME reports, that five women are challenging the “state-sanctioned sexual discrimination”. And if they win, a baby girl could potentially become the first female “duke”.

Untraditional first name

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Historically, the royal family picks a name for their children with a rich history behind it, to pay tribute to their relatives and ancestors. Current favorites are Victoria, Diana, and Alice for a girl and Albert, Philip, and Arthur for a boy. But that doesn’t mean Meghan and Harry will choose any of these, they might surprise everyone with their pick.

The first royal home birth in a long time

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In recent memory, all royal mothers gave birth at the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital. But prior to that, monarchs brought in their own doctors and midwives to the palace and gave birth there. Meghan Markle may consider doing the same.

Mixed race heir

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In 2015 Meghan Markle wrote an essay for Elle, where she talked about her biracial background. “While my mixed heritage may have created a grey area surrounding my self-identification, keeping me with a foot on both sides of the fence, I have come to embrace that,” she wrote. “To say who I am, to share where I’m from, to voice my pride in being a strong, confident mixed-race woman.”

Her child would be the first mixed-race heir since Queen Charlotte’s children (1800s) and will reflect a mixed-race population in the U.K.

U.S. or dual citizenship

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According to TIME, the future baby would meet all the requirements for U.S. citizenship. Nevertheless, Meghan Markle most likely won’t keep her American passport, because that would make the royal family liable to an IRS audit — which means that the private finances of the royal family will have a potential to be exposed for the whole world to see.


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