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Will Baby Sussex be a prince?

Meghan and Harry announced they were expecting their first baby in October.
Meghan and Harry announced they were expecting their first baby in October.

Before the birth, Meghan and Harry decided not to go down the immediate media photo call route hours after Baby Sussex's arrival so the Duchess could enjoy a private recovery.

This decision, coupled with the launch of the Duke and Duchess's official Instagram account days ahead of Meghan's due date, suggested they may choose to share the first picture of him there. They posted an announcement that Meghan had given birth on the social media platform, so this seems a likely possibility.

When will we actually get to see the new Royal baby, you ask?

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, folks.

Shortly after his wife gave birth, Harry told media crews assembled in Windsor: "I think we'll be seeing you guys in probably two days' time, as planned, as a family to be able to share it with you guys and so everyone can see the baby."

Will Baby Sussex be a prince? It isn't likely.

Even though William and Kate's children George and Louis are princes, and Charlotte a princess, the Queen would have to intervene to make Baby Sussex a prince.

Without a special Letters Patent, it's likely he will be styled as Lord, with Mountbatten-Windsor as a surname, Royal experts have said. Prince Edward's daughter, Lady Louise, was named this way. We're likely to find out Baby Sussex's name in a few days. That said, we do already know that he is seventh in line to the British throne, and will stay in that position unless William and Kate have more children. Where will Meghan and Harry raise him? It was announced in November that Harry and Meghan would be leaving Nottingham Cottage in Kensington Palace, where they had lived since their engagement on the same grounds as William and Kate.

They recently moved into Frogmore Cottage, in Windsor, just in time for Baby Sussex's arrival. Frogmore Cottage, which was gifted to Meghan and Harry by the Queen, is a grade II listed home in the grounds of Frogmore House, which was built in 1801.

It boasts 10 bedrooms.

Far from proof of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's much-reported "rift" with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Royal Central editor-in-chief Charlie Proctor said Meghan and Harry likely chose Windsor as their permanent base as it's a "favourite location" of the Royal family. The perks, he said, were obvious: "It is close to London, but is at the same time far away from the hustle and bustle and pollution of the city."

"There are plenty of gardens and outdoor space in Windsor which [are] protected from the outside world — perfect for bringing up a child who will be at the centre of a media storm.

"Not only that, but Windsor obviously holds a lot of special memories for Harry and Meghan. It is the place they were married and I'm sure being there will mean more to them than Kensington Palace.

"She is known to love Windsor and is spending more and more time there. But as monarch, she must work from Buckingham Palace for the time being." Where will Baby Sussex go to school? Eton, one of Britain's most prestigious (and expensive) schools, is an eight-minute drive from Frogmore Cottage.

It is an independent boys' school that Prince Harry and William attended and seems a likely choice given Baby Sussex is a boy.

But now, with Meghan's American roots, Royal watchers are looking at the American Community School in Windsor as a possible alternative. Students at the American Community School — which costs $46,500 a year to attend — are encouraged to be "globally-minded world citizens" who consider "sustainability" and acting as "catalysts for positive change".

The school offers a number of international baccalaureate programs, as well as the US high school diploma.

So, the highly-regarded institution in Egham, Surrey, is a possibility "but, I would suggest being educated in a British school is far more likely," Mr Proctor said.

How hands on will Meghan and Harry be?

Princess Diana had been determined to bring her sons up away from the stuffy confines of Royal palaces and their traditions.

She took them on trips to the cinema, McDonald's and a theme park.

According to Ingrid Seward, editor of Majesty Magazine, the answer is not very.

"I don't think there's been a member of the Royal family that hasn't said they want their children to have a normal upbringing," Ms Seward pointed out.

"Even the Queen said she wanted her children to have as normal an upbringing as possible.

"But with the media attention it's actually not possible to have a totally normal upbringing."

Despite Princess Diana's efforts, Prince Harry has admitted he struggled with his Royal status — exacerbated by press coverage of the disintegration of his parents' marriage and the death of his mother in a Paris car crash in 1997.

"I didn't want to be in the position I was in, but I eventually pulled my head out of the sand, started listening to people and decided to use my role for good," he said in a 2017 interview with Newsweek.

"Is there any one of the Royal family who wants to be king or queen? I don't think so, but we will carry out our duties at the right time.

"Thank goodness I'm not completely cut off from reality.

"I am determined to have a relatively normal life, and if I am lucky enough to have children, they can have one too."

While Meghan and Harry are yet to address how "normal" an upbringing they want Baby Sussex to have, speeches made by Harry since the pregnancy was announced have hinted they do not want their child to only be valued on his Royal background.

"You don't judge someone based on how they look, where they're from, or how they identify," Harry told 12,000 students at London's Wembley Arena in March.

But how realistic is this given his and Meghan's popularity?

This is yet another of the many things we'll have to wait and see.


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