The arrival of Meghan Markle and Princess Beatrice’s children will change the current succession order for the British throne. With Meghan Markle expected to give birth this summer, and Princess Beatrice in the autumn, Royal Family members such as Prince Andrew will be further pushed back in line.
Access reported that a “change is coming” and that “several members will shift backwards in line to the crown” after the arrival of the two royal babies.
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle announced they were expecting their second child in February.
They are already parents to Archie Harrison, who recently celebrated his second birthday.
Their child is due to be born this summer and will be eighth-in-line to the throne.
During their tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey, the couple revealed that they were expecting a daughter.
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As a result, the Duke of York will move to ninth-in-line whilst his eldest daughter Princess Beatrice will move backwards to 10th position.
At the time of his birth in 1960, Prince Andrew was second-in-line to the throne after his older brother Prince Charles.
His daughter, Princess Beatrice announced last week that she was expecting her first child with husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.
The baby is due later this year in the autumn and will be 11th in line to the throne. Princess Beatrice is already a stepmother to Edoardo’s first child, Christopher, from a previous relationship.
Meghan Markle, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie are not the only members of the Royal Family to give birth this year.
Zara Tindall, the daughter of Princess Anne, welcomed her third child with ex-rugby player Mike Tindall on March 21, 2021.
Their son was named Lucas Philip, in a similar nod to the Queen’s husband who was suffering from ill health at the time.
By the end of 2021, the Queen will be a great-grandmother to 12 royal children.