What the birth of the royal baby means for the throne

Sarah Carty
Features & Style Editor
The royal baby will become seventh in line to the British throne. Photo: Getty Images

The royal baby is here and while we all know he is set to be a major VIP, here’s exactly where he’ll stand in the line of succession in the British royal family.

Prince Charles is still the future king and Prince George remains third in line, but the Baby Sussex will be seventh in line to the throne, knocking Prince Andrew, Prince Beatrice and Princess Eugenie down a spot.

According to The Express, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex want their child to follow in the footsteps of Princess Anne’s kids, who were raised without royal titles.

But while the royal duo may want their bub to lead as normal a life as possible, it doesn’t change the fact that they’re still in the top 10 in the line of succession.

Take a look below at the current line-up:

1. Prince Charles, Prince of Wales
Queen Elizabeth’s eldest son

2. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge
Prince Charles’s eldest son

3. Prince George of Cambridge
Prince William’s eldest son

4. Princess Charlotte of Cambridge
Prince William’s daughter

5. Prince Louis of Cambridge
Prince William’s second son

6. Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex
Prince Charles’s second son

7. Prince Andrew, Duke of York
Queen Elizabeth’s second son

8. Princess Beatrice of York
Prince Andrew’s eldest daughter

9. Princess Eugenie of York
Prince Andrew’s second daughter

10. Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex
Queen Elizabeth’s third son

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s baby will be seventh in line to the throne. Photo: Getty Images
The royal family tree. Photo: Yahoo Lifestyle

As you can see from the list above, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s son with slot in right between Prince Harry and Prince Andrew, making him seventh in line to the throne and knocking the Duke of York into eight place.

Prince Harry was bumped down a place when his nephew, Prince Louis of Cambridge was born to Prince William and Kate Middleton in April 2018.

In 2015, the Queen changed the rules of the British line of succession, meaning royal men no longer took precedence over their female siblings.

In 2015, the Queen changed the rules of the British line of succession, meaning royal men no longer took precedence over their female siblings. That meant that when Princess Charlotte was born in May 2015, she became fourth in line to the throne. Photo: Getty Images

That meant that when Princess Charlotte was born in May 2015, she became fourth in line to the throne and when Prince Louis was born last year, he slotted into fifth place in the line of succession.

The new rules also allow member of the royal family to marry members of the Catholic church and still become the Monarch.

However, if Prince George’s children were to be brought up as Roman Catholic, they wouldn’t be able to become the Monarch because they could not be the supreme governor of the Church of England.

But by then, we imagine a lot will have changed in the royal family.

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