As of 11.01am this morning, Prince George and Princess Charlotte have a new sibling - a brother - and like them, he has an impressively long, fancy title. Understanding royal titles can be difficult because members of the family can (and often do) hold more than one, especially after they are married.
Seeing as Kate Middleton and Prince William's baby is a little boy, his formal title is: His Royal Highness Prince (Name) of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
While this is the new baby's official title, it won't be the one he goes by. Royal historian Marlene Koenig told Town & Country that royal children's titles are styled differently if they are a royal offspring of a duke. This means that since Kate and William are the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the royal baby will be His Highness (Name) of Cambridge.
But it only gets more confusing from there. Koeing said the new royal has technically been born a commoner. "It sounds complicated, but in the UK, the only people who are not commoners are the Sovereign and peers of the realm, [people with titles like] Duke, Marquess, Earl, Viscount, and Baron,” she said.
This means Prince Harry is technically a commoner too, and will be until he marries Meghan Markle in May. The Queen has the option to grant Harry and Meghan new titles after marriage.
The new royal baby is fifth in line for the throne, right behind his sister Princess Charlotte, brother Prince George, father Prince William, and Grandfather Prince Charles.
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