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Why The Royal Baby Is Still A Commoner

Katie O'Malley
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Great Britain might have welcomed a new member to the royal family after Kate Middleton gave birth to a baby boy yesterday morning, but the Monarchy’s latest addition will still technically be a commoner.

Historian Marlene Koenig explained to Town & Country: ‘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.’

As a result, this means the new prince, Prince George and Princess Charlotte will remain commoners until they inevitably become a Duke or Duchess like their parents.

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The new baby’s formal title will be ‘His Royal Highness Prince [Name] of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland’. Day-to-day, the baby will be known as His Royal Highness Prince [Name] of Cambridge. His parents are yet to reveal a name for the newborn.

This also means that Prince Harry is technically a commoner too until his marriage to Meghan Markle on 19 May.

Following the royal wedding, Markle will be referred to as ‘Her Royal Highness Princess Henry of Wales’ and will receive another title along with her husband, depending on Harry’s new nobility rank upon marriage.

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When Prince William married Kate Middleton in 2011, he was given the hereditary title 'Duke of Cambridge', with Kate subsequently becoming the 'Duchess of Cambridge'.

Therefore, it is believed Prince Harry would receive a similar title, speculated to be the 'Duke of Sussex'.

Confusing, much?

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