What the line of royal succession looks like now: Harry and Meghan’s girl is 8th in line to the throne, ahead of Prince Andrew, Princess Beatrice and Eugenie – despite being born a US citizen
- Prince Harry and Meghan Markle welcomed their second child
- The girl is now eighth in line to the throne, despite being born a US citizen
- The first seven places in the line of royal succession remain unchanged
- Prince Andrew and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie move to 9th, 10th and 11th
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s second child is eighth in line to the throne, despite being born as US citizens after the couple moved to LA to leave royal life.
Lilibet, who was born on Friday weighing 8 oz and is a sibling to Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, two, has entered the line of royal succession behind her older brother and plans to move senior relatives further from the throne Push.
The first seven places in the line of succession remain unchanged: Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, Prince Harry and Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.
However, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s new addition will push her great-uncle, Prince Andrew, to 9th place. When he was born in 1960, he was second in line to the throne, behind his older brother, Prince Charles.
What the order of succession looks like now: Baby Sussex will take 8th spot on the line, overtaking Prince Andrew, Prince Beatrice and Princess Eugenie (sequence pictured)
Meanwhile, his daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie drop to 10th and 11th place respectively.
Although Princess Eugenie will soon move another place when her niece or nephew arrives later this year.
Eugenie’s son August, who was born in February, ranks 12th after Baby Sussex’s birth, but will move up to 13th when his cousin arrives.
Why Baby Sussex is an American citizen right away
According to the US State Department, a baby born in the US is automatically a US citizen from birth.
This means that Baby Sussex is a US citizen.
The rules were slightly different for Archie.
According to the United States Department of State, a baby born outside the United States to a U.S. parent can acquire U.S. citizenship at birth if that parent has been in the U.S. for at least five years, two of which were before they turned 14, before the birth.
Since Meghan was born and raised in Los Angeles, she complies with these rules, which means Archie gets the citizenship.
Both children will have to pay US taxes if they are US citizens. U.S. law dictates that income, wherever it is generated, has a legal right to be taxed in the United States.
Lilibet has no right to be HRH, nor a prince or princess like Kate and Williams’ children, Prince George of seven, Princess Charlotte of six and Prince Louis of three.
This is due to rules established more than 100 years ago by George V, who restricted titles within the family during World War I.
She may be a lady, but, in accordance with Harry and Meghan’s wishes, she will instead be an ordinary Miss (first name) Mountbatten-Windsor.
As the firstborn son of a duke, Archie could have become Earl of Dumbarton – one of Harry’s subtitles – or be Lord Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.
The Duke and Duchess broke with royal convention by making a personal decision not to use a title, believed to have been inspired by Harry’s desire to have been a normal child rather than a prince when he was growing up.
Harry and Meghan’s baby is the fifth grandchild of Prince Charles and the eleventh great-great-grandchild of the Queen and the late Duke of Edinburgh.
The monarch’s great-grandchildren to date are: Savannah and Isla Phillips; George, Charlotte and Louis; Mia, Lena and Lucas Tindall; Archie and Princess Eugenie’s son, August Brooksbank.
Harry and Meghan, who currently live in California, shared their pregnancy announcement on Valentine’s Day by posting a black and white photo of Harry resting his hand on Meghan’s head as she lay on his lap under a tree.
The girl has joined the line of succession behind her older brother Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, two (pictured with Harry and Meghan in 2019)