The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (popularly known as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle) have just welcomed their first child into the world. The baby, whose name has not yet been publicly announced, is seventh in line to the throne of the United Kingdom (and Canada!) after his grandfather, uncle, cousins, and father.

Despite his parentage, however, the new "Baby Sussex" will not be automatically entitled to the moniker of "Prince" like his father.

According to Town & Country magazine, current statutes, issued by Queen Elizabeth herself, will prevent the new royal baby from attaining the same title as his cousins, Princes George and Louis, and Princess Charlotte.

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In 1917, Elizabeth's grandfather, King George V, created a definitive system by which his descendants would inherit titles as part of an overhaul of the royal house. It was also at this time that the royal family took the last name Windsor (their previous name, Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, was deemed too German).

Under the new rules, only the male descendants of the Prince of Wales would be granted the title of prince. 

Queen Elizabeth amended that rule in anticipation of the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's (Prince William and Kate Middleton) first child in 2012. As it stands, according to one royal historian, all children, including female children, of the first son of the Prince of Wales are automatically named princes and princesses of the realm.

That 2012 rules does not account for the descendants of the Prince of Wales' second son, Prince Harry.

It will be entirely up to the Queen whether to again reform the directive to allow her eighth great-grandchild to occupy the same rank as William's three children.

It is likely the baby will get at least one minor title, like earl or marquess.

Stay tuned for more news about the royal baby.

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