A major royal is about to get bumped down!

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle just announced they're expecting, and now one question is on everybody's mind: Where will the child fall in the line of succession? According to Time, the incoming baby will be seventh in line.

Right now, the order starts with Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth II's oldest son. Next comes Prince William, Charles' eldest son, and then William's three children: Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. That puts Harry in sixth place, meaning his kids will start in slot seven. Since Prince Andrew, Elizabeth's younger son, is currently in that spot, he'll be pushed down once the newborn arrives.

Time notes that, unlike in past times, the child's gender won't affect his or her position, which is the result of a (relatively) new law. The mandate was created in 2013 and declared that monarchical succession is determined solely by age-never by sex. Prior to the switch, for example, Charlotte would have been behind Louis for the throne. Now, she's before him, since she's William and Kate Middleton's second (not third!) child.

The pregnancy announcement also means Andrew's two children, older daughter Princess Beatrice and younger daughter Princess Eugenie, will be bumped down to spots nine and 10. We doubt the news affects the latter too much, though. She just tied the knot with Jack Brooksbank and is undoubtedly still in newly-wedded bliss. Besides, the sisters have always been relatively far from the throne. In fact, Jack won't even receive a royal title for marrying into the family.


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