Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Baby Will Make History
Meghan Markle will give birth to her first baby any day now. The royals and the general public are looking forward to the arrival of the newest member into the Royal Family.
Kensington Palace issued a statement that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have chosen that the birth of their baby be private. Therefore, they will not stand on the steps of the hospital to show off their baby as has been a 40-year tradition.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's baby will make history in many ways when it is born in the Spring of 2019. Let us count the ways.
Meghan is scheduled to give birth in late April or early May. Either one of those times means that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will have their first child before their first wedding anniversary. They got married on May 19, 2018.
The Duchess of Sussex has already made history herself. More history will be made when her baby is born.
How Meghan Markle Made History
Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, made history by dating, becoming engaged and marrying Prince Harry, one of the most eligible bachelors in the world who had dated several British women. However, Meghan is the only American he dated and married.
She is the only biracial woman he has been involved with. She is the only one older than he is. She is 37, and he is 34. Meghan had been married and divorced before Prince Harry became her second husband.
Besides all that, Meghan was an actress starring in the legal drama, Suits. She had worked years to get the acting job of her dreams, but she gave it up to marry Prince Harry.
With all those differences, one would never have imagined that the two would get married and are now expecting their first child. Harry said during their engagement interview in November 2017 that the stars were aligned for this to happen.
Meghan's name is making history in the United States. Since her marriage to Prince Harry, babies born in the United States are being named "Meghan." There has been a 49 percent increase, and the number is increasing more than any other girl's name.
Parents are spelling the name the same way that Meghan Markle spells her name. Other spellings that parents are ignoring include Megyn as in Megyn Kelly, Megan as Megan Fox and Meagan as in Meagan Good.
How Meghan Markle's Baby Will Make History
Meghan Markle's baby will be the first mixed race person in the Royal Family. It has been reported that the parents do not want the baby to have a royal title. Even if that is true, the child will still be the seventh in line to the throne behind Prince Harry. If Prince William and Kate Middleton have more children, the new baby will always be behind Prince Harry.
The birth of the baby will bump birth royals down the line. That includes Queen Elizabeth's own children.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's first child will be the first Anglo-American baby in the Royal Family.
Other than being the first mixed race person among the royals, the child will be the first Anglo-American to be born into the British Royal Family. The ruling is that if a child is born to an overseas couple where one parent is an American, then the baby will be born with automatic dual citizenship.
Since the child will be so far down the line to the throne, it might never happen but for argument sake, let's say the child could be the King or Queen of England and the President of the United States because of dual citizenship. No other person shares that unique characteristic.
Meghan applied for British citizenship when she and Prince Harry became engaged in November 2017, but it takes several years for the application to be approved. Besides, she hasn't lived in the country the required two years. Meghan's first child will be a citizen of both countries, but citizenship of her future children will only be British because her own citizenship will be approved by then.
Meghan wants her first-born child to be aware of both its American and British heritage. That means celebrating American holidays such as Thanksgiving and Independence Day when they happen in both countries at different times of the year.
Other Firsts Expected
For the first time in a long time, a royal baby will not be born in the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital in London. The parents have decided that their baby will be delivered at Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey, England.
It will be more of a private and less chaotic event than if Meghan gives birth in London where Kate Middleton and Princess Diana gave birth. Besides Frimley Park Hospital is only about 20 minutes away from the couple's new home in Frogmore Cottage where they will be living when their baby is born.