The weird reality of what Baby Sussex's life will be like
With the world waiting with bated breath for the announcement of Baby Sussex's arrival, who is due any day now, many have started to wonder what kind of life the newest member of the royal family will lead.
As it’s Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s first child, many are curious as to whether or not the baby will live the same life as its cousins, Prince George, 5, Princess Charlotte, 3, and Prince Louis, 1.
However, there are many differences between Baby Sussex and his/her royal cousins.
It’s likely Baby Sussex will be in the spotlight of heavy media attention but won’t have a job working full-time for the Queen.
This is the case for Prince Harry and Princess Beatrice. Prince Harry works full-time for the Queen, whereas Princess Beatrice is close to the throne, but not close enough for full-time jobs with the Queen.
Beatrice’s sister Eugenie explained to Vogue magazine how difficult it is being a “working royal”.
“There is no precedent, there is no protocol,” Eugenie told Vogue back in 2018. “We are the first: we are young women trying to build careers and have personal lives, and we’re also princesses and doing all of this in the public eye.”
Not being close enough to the throne to have a full-time job with the Queen could be a blessing in disguise. Royal commentator Victoria Murphy told The Sun that Baby Sussex will have more freedom:
“There’s no chance (Harry and Meghan’s baby) will ever be king or queen — this baby has so much more freedom than William and Kate’s children do,” she said.
She also added they “will not be expected when they get older to carry out full-time royal duties”, meaning they can potentially “carve their own path”.
The same can’t be said for George, Charlotte and Louis, as they will be expected to work as full-time royals throughout their lives.
Baby Sussex could have a personalised Instagram, as the same restrictions that were posed to Meghan before she was engaged to Prince Harry are unlikely to be forced on her child.
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Just one week ago, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex asked that you kindly consider supporting various organisations around the world in lieu of sending gifts for the upcoming arrival of their first born. Not only did many of you lend your support, you took action. Their Royal Highnesses wanted you to know the impact of your support – the direct effect your donation, energy, and action made! YOU chose to be part of the collective good, and you have made a real difference. Whether a $5 donation, £1000 contribution, offering to volunteer, or spreading the word – you’ve played your part. And on behalf of The Duke and Duchess (and Baby Sussex), we thank you so much. YOUR IMPACT: @thelunchboxfund will now be able to provide a minimum of 100,000 additional hot nutritionally fortified meals to children in dire need across South Africa @littlevillagehq received donations from all over the world (from UAE to Hong Kong and the US), they’ve increased their monthly donors, had a surge in volunteer applications, and re-energized their hard working team of 200+ staff and volunteers @wellchild can now provide 300+ additional hours of specialist care by a Well Child Nurse for a child with serious health needs, allowing families to stay together at home vs in hospital @Baby2Baby have received over 5,000 products to disperse to children in need, including cribs, books, backpacks, diapers and have received monetary donations from around the globe - from Guadalajara to Italy. You made this happen. Thank you.
Baby Sussex also won’t be born into a title, despite Prince Harry’s status as a “prince”.
According to King George V’s 1917 decree, only the oldest son of the Prince of Wales’ oldest son (Prince William's son Prince George) was entitled to be called his royal highness (HRH) and a prince.
In late 2012, the Queen amended the rule, declaring all of Prince William and Kate’s children would be titled HRH and either prince or princess.
The rule currently doesn’t apply to Baby Sussex, so unless it is amended before the birth, Baby Sussex’s title will be “Lord Mountbatten-Windsor” or “Lady Mountbatten-Windsor”.
As Prince Harry has indicated that he wants his children to live as normal lives as possible, it’s unlikely that the rule will be amended.