Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are expecting the monarchy’s newest member soon (some speculate as early as March). Not only will the baby be born to a mother considered to be the first person of African decent to marry into the royal family (not to mention the first American actress), Good Housekeeping compiled a list of other ways this baby is going to be an exceptional addition to the Royal Family. Here are 4 ways little baby Sussex will make history.
Since Meghan is an American who has lived in the U.S. for a minimum of five years, her offspring qualifies for U.S. or dual citizenship. However, it’s ultimately in the best interest of the royal family that Meghan ditch her passport, since remaining a U.S. citizen could put them at risk for an IRS audit.
Although home births are not exactly preferred within the Royal Family, it’s rumored that Meghan could opt for the untraditional birthing method. Back in the day, home births were very common among royals. In fact, Prince William was the first royal heir to be born in a hospital in 1982. Since then, it’s protocol that royals give birth at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital, which is basically like the penthouse suite at the Four Seasons. But sources told Vanity Fair that Meghan and Harry are considering other options for the birth of their first child,
If baby Sussex turns out to be a girl, she could overturn the patriarchy with a title that’s never been given to a female member of the Royal Family: Duke. According to TIME, five women have filed a case with the European Court of Human Rights asserting that women should be allowed to inherit dukedoms, too. We’ll have to wait and see if this old crusty law gets overturned, but if it does, the new baby could potentially become the first “Duke.”
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Views (now and back when) of Frogmore Cottage, Windsor Great Park, the new official residence of the duke and duchess of Sussex; they move in next year. Per one source, the shaggy, rambly 18th-century cottage ornée—where Abdul Karim, Queen Victoria’s adored Munshi, and his family lived from 1897 to 1901 and not to be confused with nearby Frogmore House—“is currently divided into five units which were home to royal staff, but it will be transformed into a family home with modern amenities.” The cottage also was where Grand Duchess Xenia, Nicholas II’s sister, lived for a time in the 1920s; other residents of the longtime grace-and-favor residence have included the duke and duchess of Teck (Queen Mary’s brother and sister-in-law), the novelist Henry James (as a child, in 1844), the first Lord Colebrooke, et al. Per a biography of Henry James, “The first floor had a hall and dining room, a study, a kitchen, and servants’ quarters. There was a drawing room on the second floor along with four more bedrooms.” My advice? Paint it palest pink and garland it with climbing roses @kensingtonroyal #princeharry #meghanmarkle #duchessofsussex #dukeofsussex #munshi #queenvictoria #frogmorecottage