The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (commonly referred to as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle) are about to welcome their first child.
The baby will occupy a unique position in the strange world that is British royalty. It will be the child of an American former actress and the eighth great-grandchild of Queen Elizabeth.
Here's everything we know so far about "Baby Sussex."
TL;DR Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will welcome their first child in the coming weeks. Here are the details about its birth and life thereafter that we know so far.
The baby's name
Several publications have alrady taken guesses. Elizabeth and Diana, after the child's paternal great-grandmother and grandmother, are top contenders for a girl. Alice and Victoria are also in the running.
Classic royal names are also likely for a boy: George, Charles, Albert.
Though, it would be cool if the couple mixed it up with something either really edgy or too classically royal. We are rooting for the name Egbert (after an early medieval Saxon king), which is basically gender-neutral at this point.
If it's a boy, it will likely be "Earl of Dumbarton"
A girl will still be subject to the antiquated, patriarchal scheme of British aristocratic naming and may be denied a title until marriage.
The baby will be an American citizen — and will have to pay U.S. taxes
Because Meghan is an American citizen, her child, by law, will also be an American citizen. That will also make the chld subject to U.S. tax laws, which apply regardless of country of residence, according to CBS News. The child could eventually renounce its American citizenship, however.
They will be 7th in line to the throne
If this were Game of Thrones, the child would have to get through, in order, Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, and their father, Prince Harry, before being able to make a legitimate claim to the throne of the United Kingdom (and Canada!).
It will likely be a Taurus
The Duchess of Sussex will likely deliver her child at the end of April or the beginning of May, placing the child squarely in Taurus season, which runs from April 21st to May 21st.
According to Allure, "Taureans" have a proclivity for the luxurious and prefer lives of leisure. Good thing this child will be royal. Baby Sussex is sure to become a stereotypically bumbling and pretentious British aristocrat in a tweed jacket.
It will have a modern upbringing
If Meghan and Harry follow the example of William and Kate, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, they will break with royal tradition and place their child in schools to socialize with other children, rather than locking them away with private tutors.
Meghan and Harry's work style also suggests a more modern approach to parenting. The couple is currently in the process of founding its own royal household, distinct from the daily operations of the central court and complete with its very own rule-breaking Instagram page.
So far, it seems Meghan and Harry aren't afriad to defy protocol, engage with the general public, and take on some more politically-charged initiatives. Meghan, in particular, already has a reputation as a hard worker with little patience for the protocol that defines the behaviours of royal women. Meghan and Harry also seem to want to abandon royal formality — they signed their first Instagram post "Harry & Meghan."
A progressive parenting style would fit in with these themes. Even before the birth of the child, it seems its upbringing will represent a break with the past. Meghan and Harry have opted for a private birth over the public spectacle that surrounded the births of George, Charlotte, and Louis.
It will grow up in Frogmore Cottage
Meghan and Harry's secluded home also points to a more private life for their new family. Frogmore Cottage, which is actually a mansion, is not far from other royal residences but lightyears away in terms of its size and design. The home appears much more modest, for example, than the soaring halls of Kensington and Buckingham Palaces.
Meghan is also reportedly determined to personalize the estate. Elle reports that the Sussexes plan to grow some of their own food.
Stay tuned for more news about the royal baby!