MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry are expecting their second child and announced the news in a sweet black and white snap.
The young royal will be eighth in line to the throne, one place behind big brother Archie and two behind their dad.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are expecting their second childCredit: Getty Images – Getty
The child will bump Prince Harry’s uncle, the Duke of York, into ninth place in the line of succession.
First in line to the throne is Prince Charles, followed by Harry’s brother William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
Unlike William and Kate’s children, Harry and Meghan’s baby, like Archie, will not be given the title of prince or princess – unless the Queen steps in and alters the rules.
If the couple have a son, he will be known as Lord (his name), or Windsor or Lady (her name) if they have a little girl.
The couple announced the news with this sweet photoCredit: Misan Harriman
The new royal baby will be eighth in line to the throne
Princess Charlotte, daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, made history when her little brother Louis was born on April 23, 2018.
Princess Charlotte became the first female royal to retain her claim to the throne, despite the having a younger brother.
Before the Succession to the Crown Act 2013 the birth of a son meant he would leap over any older daughters in the line of succession.
Therefore Princess Anne, despite being the Queen’s second child, was in the line of succession beneath her younger brothers Andrew and Edward.
Princess Charlotte is the first royal not ruled out by gender, meaning that Prince Louis will be the fifth-in-line to the throne.
This also means that Meghan and Prince Harry’s baby will retain their eighth place regardless of their gender.
Archie is the eighth in line to the throneCredit: Getty – Pool
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