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This is where Meghan Markle's baby will be in line to the throne

In the build-up to the royal wedding, a kind of hysteria seemed to have gripped the public, and people were going wild over Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's fairy tale wedding. The ceremony was lush and gorgeous, and everyone was gushing over the bride and groom. But now, just a few months into their matrimony, the two lovebirds have made an announcement that will surely reignite all the furore all over again: Meghan Markle is pregnant.

Kensington Palace released a statement on their official Instagram account; a photo of Harry and Meghan along with a caption which read: "Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019. Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public."

But of course, the main question on everyone's lips is this: how close is this child in line to the throne? Will their baby ever have a shot at one day being crowned king or queen? Well, the answer is that Meghan and Harry's baby will be seventh-in-line to the British throne, coming behind his or her father Prince Harry in the line of succession. This means that the Duke of York has been bumped one place further down the line to eighth place.

However, their baby will not be a prince or a princess, unless Queen Elizabeth herself attempts to change the rules of titles. Instead, if Harry and Meghan were to have a son, they will go by the title 'Earl of Dumbarton', while a daughter would simply hold the title of Lady Mountbatten-Windsor. According to Buckingham Palace insiders, the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, and Prince William and Kate Middleton were informed about Meghan's pregnancy at Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's wedding at Windsor Castle on Friday, October 12.

Meghan's baby will supersede Prince Andrew, regardless of their gender, as a result of a change to the law in 2011, which grants the same status to daughters and sons. This is because of King George V - Harry's great great grandfather - limited the titles that royal family members could hold back in 1917, which means that Harry and Meghan's firstborn child, is too far down the line of succession to be a prince or princess. George V ruled that: "the grandchildren of the sons of any such Sovereign in the direct male line (save only the eldest living son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales) shall have and enjoy in all occasions the style and title enjoyed by the children of Dukes of these Our Realms."

So, as welcome as the news of the pregnancy is, it's not quite the fairy tale that people were hoping for. Shame.