Any daughters born to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, otherwise known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, will not inherit a royal title.
This means that even if the couple’s first-born child is a girl, only their sons will inherit the dukedom.
The royal laws of succession were changed to become gender-neutral back in 2013.
This meant that Princess Charlotte became the first female royal to retain her place in the line of succession, despite the recent birth of brother Louis.
However, priority within the peerage system is still given to male heirs.
At present, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle children will be known as a Lord or Lady, not a Prince or Princess.
However, Harry’s grandmother Queen Elizabeth II has the power to change this – like she did for Prince William and Kate Middleton’s children.
While Prince William’s first-born George was always entitled to be HRH Prince George of Cambridge, his younger sister Charlotte was not.
This title system was first introduced by Prince Harry’s great-great-grandfather King George V, who issued a Letters Patent in 1917.
It’s doubtful that the news sat well with Meghan, who is a self-proclaimed feminist, and has long advocated for women’s rights.