How Prince Harry and Meghan’s Royal Baby will disrupt the line of succession to the throne

How Prince Harry and Meghan’s Royal Baby will disrupt the line of succession to the throne
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their first child in Spring (Photo: Shutterstock)

Reporting by Laura Hill

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have announced they are expecting their first child.

And the baby will get a plum spot in the line to the throne; here’s how the new baby will change the Royal line.

Where will the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s baby sit in line to the throne?

Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II
(Photo: Shutterstock)

Britain’s longest serving monarch and has been on the throne since 1952

First in line to the throne: Charles, Prince of Wales

Prince Charles is the Queen’s eldest son (Photo: Shutterstock)

The Prince of Wales is first in line to the throne and has been all of his life.

Second in line to the throne: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge

Prince William is second in line to the throne (Photo: Shutterstock)
Prince William is second in line to the throne (Photo: Shutterstock)

The Duke of Cambridge is second in line to the throne.

He is the oldest son of Prince Charles, the Princes of Wales and the late Diana, Princess of Wales. Queen Elizabeth II is his grandmother.

He married Kate Middleton in 2011 and ahead of his wedding he became the Duke of Cambridge, with Kate Middleton becoming the Duchess of Cambridge.

Third in line to the throne: Prince George of Cambridge

Prince George is third in line to the throne as the Queen’s great-grandchild. The future king bumped his uncle Prince Harry down in the line for the throne.

Fourth in line to the throne: Princess Charlotte of Cambridge

Princess Charlotte of Cambridge is behind her brother George in the line to the throne (Photo: Shutterstock)

Princess Charlotte is fourth in line to the throne, and won’t be budged from that spot until Prince George has a child thanks to a change in law in 2011.

The laws of succession were changed in 2011 so that a female royal remains in their position in line to the throne, regardless of any younger male siblings being born.

Fifth in line to the throne: Prince Louis of Cambridge

The third child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is fifth in line to the throne (Photo: Shutterstock)

Prince Louis, born in April 2018, the littlest of the Cambridge clan is fifth in line to the throne, and like his older brother and sister, bumped his Uncle Harry down the line again.

Sixth in line to the throne: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex

Prince Harry, the second child of Prince Charles is currently sixth in line to the throne (Photo: Shutterstock)

Once third in line to the throne, Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex is now sixth in line to the throne.

Arguably one of the most popular Royals, Prince Harry married former actress Meghan Markle in May 2018 and the couple announced in October they were expecting their first child together.

Seventh in line to the throne: The child of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their first child in Spring (Photo: Shutterstock)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their first child in Spring (Photo: Shutterstock)

The couple’s unborn child will be seventh in line to the throne when it is born in Spring 2019. And when the baby is born it will knock its great-uncle Prince Andrew down to eighth place.

Eighth in line to the throne: Prince Andrew, Duke of York

Prince Andrew is the third child of Queen Elizabeth II (Photo: Shutterstock)

Prince Andrew was born third in line to the throne, usurping his older sister, Princess Anne because of his gender and the succession laws which were in place at the time.

A version of this article originally appeared on the Yorkshire Post