Baby Archie birthday: Where does Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s child fit in the line of succession?

Duke and Duchess of Sussex's son celebrates his first birthday on 6 May 2020

Sabrina Barr,Katie O'Malley
Wednesday 06 May 2020 10:20 BST
Royal baby in numbers

On Monday 6 May 2019, Buckingham Palace announced that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had welcomed a baby boy.

The arrival of the couple's first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, changed the line of succession for the throne.

Despite Prince Harry and Meghan's decision to step away as working members of the royal family in January 2020, their son is seventh in line to the throne.

This shift meant that Prince Andrew, the Queen's second eldest son, moved to eighth in line.

The first few members of the royal family in the line of succession remain unchanged following Archie's birth.

Prince Charles, who is first in line, became the longest-serving heir apparent in 2017.

The Prince of Wales beat a previous record of 59 years, two months and 13 days set by his great-great-grandfather King Edward VII.

Prince Harry's older brother, the Duke of Cambridge, is second in line to the throne.

He and the Duchess of Cambridge's three children – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis – follow behind, in third, fourth and fifth place respectively.

The Duke of Sussex is sixth in line, which subsequently places his newborn son in seventh place.

Infographic created by Statista
Infographic created by Statista

In April 2018, Princess Charlotte made history as the first female member of the royal family to retain her claim to the throne following the birth of her younger brother.

Prior to the Succession to the Crown Act of 2013, a female royal’s claim to the throne would have been diminished by the arrival of a younger brother.

However, as stated by the legislative act when it was passed six years ago: "In determining the succession to the Crown, the gender of a person born after 28 October 2011 does not give that person, or that person’s descendants, precedence over any other person (whenever born).”

Following the announcement of his son's birth a year ago, Prince Harry addressed the press in Windsor, saying that watching his wife give birth was an "amazing experience".

"I’m very excited to announced that Meghan. and myself had a baby boy early this morning, a very healthy boy," he said.

"How any woman does what they do is beyond comprehension.

"We're both absolutely thrilled and so grateful for all the love and support from everybody out there. It's been amazing."

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