Why is kate a duchess not a princess?

Why Is Kate Middleton Not Called a Princess, But Princess Diana Was?

Names in the British royal family get very confusing. Most members of the royal family have much longer names than most people know. The situation with their last names can also trip you up. And titles make it even more perplexing to figure out what everyone is called (especially when you try to figure out what titles everyone gets when future monarchs ascend to the throne, or somebody gets married).

But one particularly common question is why Kate Middleton isn’t called a princess when Princess Diana was. Ahead, find out everything you need to know about why she isn’t “Princess Kate” even though her legendary mother-in-law was “Princess Diana.”

Strictly speaking, Kate Middleton isn’t a princess

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Metro reports that even though Kate Middleton married Prince William, that doesn’t make her a princess. When she got married, Kate became Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge. Queen Elizabeth II gave Prince William the title of the “Duke of Cambridge” ahead of his wedding. So, naturally, Kate got the feminine version of her new husband’s title. But that still didn’t make her “Princess Kate.” She wasn’t born into the royal family. And she didn’t become a princess just because her husband is a prince.

Neither was Princess Diana, officially

Just as Kate Middleton didn’t become a princess when she married her prince, neither did Diana Spencer, officially. Metro reports that when Diana married Prince Charles of Wales, she became Her Royal Highness The Princess Of Wales. She was also known as Diana, Princess of Wales. Metro notes that Diana “may have had Princess within her full name, it was never her formal title, which would require Princess coming first, followed by her first name, much like Princess Charlotte” or Princess Anne.

Princess Diana even admitted that the title wasn’t correct

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The public loved Diana, and it was the public that began referring to the Princess of Wales as “Princess Diana.” But as Metro reports, Diana even pointed out that the title wasn’t technically correct. To assume the title of Princess, you actually have to be born into the royal family, like William and Kate’s daughter, Princess Charlotte.

But that’s where things get interesting: Any daughters that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have won’t automatically be princesses, because any child of the duke and duchess of Sussex won’t automatically have a royal title. (Meaning they’d be a lord or lady, but not a prince or princess.) The same thing applied to William’s children. But Queen Elizabeth II decreed that George, Charlotte, and Louis got their titles as HRHs.

However, both Kate Middleton did — sort of — become a princess

The BBC reports that Kate automatically became Her Royal Highness, Princess William of Wales, when she married William. But she can’t call herself Princess Kate because she has other titles that take precedence over that one. As The Huffington Post notes, William’s Duke title is senior to his Prince title.

The Express, similarly, reports that “Duke is Prince William’s highest rank, and this is what he goes by.” So while Kate is officially “Her Royal Highness Princess William, Duchess of Cambridge, Countess of Strathearn, Baroness Carrickfergus,” her most important title is “Duchess of Cambridge.”

Kate Middleton could become the Princess of Wales, like Diana

When Queen Elizabeth II dies and Prince Charles succeeds her to the throne, Prince William will get one step closer to the crown. Prince William is also likely to become the new Prince of Wales (though he won’t get the title automatically). It’s the title bestowed upon the heir apparent, and Diana was the Princess of Wales during her marriage to Charles.

The Mirror notes that when Prince William becomes the Prince of Wales, Kate Middleton could become the Princess of Wales, adopting the name “as a tribute to the mother-in-law she never met.” Similarly, The Express notes that “if Prince William were to become the Prince of a Principality Kate Middleton could take the major title of princess, becoming Catherine, Princess of Wales, but she may choose to stick with the Duchess title, like Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall has.”

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She’s spent seven years married to Prince William and just gave birth to their third child (a newborn prince!) yesterday, but us commoners are still waging the Great Kate Debate: Is she Princess Kate or Duchess Catherine? Kate Middleton or Catherine Wales?

Born Catherine Elizabeth Middleton, she didn’t garner the nickname Kate until adolescence. That’s since changed, however. Will refers to “Catherine and I” in speeches — as do other members of the palace.

What’s Kate Middleton’s official title?

On their wedding day, Catherine took on the female form of her husband’s titles — making her Princess William of Wales — the same way a commoner takes her husband’s last name. That day, Queen Elizabeth also bestowed the titles Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on them. For a fun complication, the young royals are also known as Earl and Countess of Strathearn in Scotland and the Baron and Baroness of Carrickfergus in Ireland.

Why isn’t she “Princess Kate?”

Now, brace yourself: It was never officially Princess Diana and it will never be Princess Catherine or Kate. You only carry prince or princess before your name if you were born into the role. (The same rule actually applies to Duchess, by the way. Duchess Catherine is not an official thing.) Prince William, Prince Harry, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and even Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice will all use it their entire lives — unless they become King or Queen.

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So when Diana was married to Charles, her name was Diana, Princess of Wales — despite how popular “Princess Di” was. The Queen ordered her stripped of the royal title upon their divorce. (Camilla Parker-Bowles is technically Camilla, Princess of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, though she only uses the latter because of the associations.)

Catherine won’t be Her Royal Highness Catherine, Princess of Wales — until William becomes the Prince of Wales after his father takes the throne. Once Prince William becomes King, she will become Her Majesty Queen Consort Catherine VI.

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What’s her last name now?

Members of the royal family today can go by their family dynasty, a surname, or just their first name, according to the official royal website. Historically, British monarchs were known by the names of the countries over which they ruled or their family dynasty, like the Tudors or Stuarts. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was born a Windsor, and when she wed Philip Mountbatten, they gave their children the last name Mountbatten-Windsor.

At birth, Prince William was also given the name Wales, the area of which his father Charles, Prince of Wales, “ruled” (in addition to being a Mountbatten-Windsor). As a student at Eton and St. Andrews, he was William Wales; as an RAF pilot, he was referred to as Flight Lieutenant William Wales.

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But he technically should use Cambridge now. This quirk is because being born a prince or princess is more of a courtesy title (see: Eugenie and Beatrice). Duke of Cambridge is a more “major” title than being a non-sovereign prince of Wales, since he it designates him as a “peer of the realm.” So a very casual Kate could go by Catherine Cambridge, and the same goes for George, Charlotte, and their baby brother at school.

So why is she still called Kate Middleton?

For one, it’s the name everyone knows. Kate first became a celebrity when she started dating Prince William back in 2003, and old habits die hard. Plus, the complexities of royal titles (see above!) can create confusion for the casual fan, especially if she goes by different titles in different circumstances and will ultimately adopt new ones in the future.

The internet also drives some of the informalness. People search for “Kate Middleton” on average 823,000 times per month; the query “Duchess of Cambridge” gets used just 90,500 times in the same span. Publishers competing for views will strategically employ whatever names people Google most, even if they’re not the most formal ones.

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It’s also a subtle reminder of her more humble origins as a commoner, and the fairytale romance that vaulted her to royalty now, Vanity Fair theorized in 2016.

“It doesn’t hurt her that the American press especially refers to her as Kate Middleton,” Boston University professor Arianne Chernock, who focuses on modern British history, explained. “It’s precisely her middle-class origins, and that name, which won her over to so many people in the first place. So that reminder can only help her.”

So while “Kate Middleton” may not technically count as correct, using it almost qualifies as a compliment to the Duchess’s charm and character.

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This is the difference between a princess and a duchess

If Disney movies taught us anything, it’s that when you marry a prince, you become a princess. So it was a bit of a shock that when Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle married into the royal family, we were all expected to call them duchesses. Obviously, Princess Kate and Princess Meghan sound much better. That got us thinking, how do you become a princess, anyway? And what makes them different from duchesses? (Learn about the 1969 documentary the royal family doesn’t want you to see.)

It turns out, there are two ways to become a British princess: to be born the daughter of a prince (which is why Princess Charlotte’s children won’t have royal status), or to marry one. On top of that, only those born into the royal family can use the title princess (or prince, for that matter) before their name.

It’s confusing, because while Kate Middleton is not Princess Kate—her title is Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge—she is a princess. On her wedding day, she took on her husband’s title, making her Princess William of Wales, in addition to Her Royal Highness, Duchess of Cambridge. Prince George’s birth certificate also lists her official occupation as Princess of the United Kingdom. Similarly, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, could be called Princess Henry of Wales.

This is also the reason why Prince Andrew’s daughters Beatrice and Eugenie are princesses, but the daughter of Princess Anne, Zara Phillips, is not. A child’s parents can also decide against bestowing the title upon their children, which is why Prince Edward’s daughter, Louise Windsor, is a lady instead of a princess. The BBC writes that Prince Edward and his wife decided against the title. (Here are 10 unusual royal traditions you’ve never heard of.)

After the royal titles of king, queen, prince and princess come the five noble ranks: duke and duchess (the members of nobility that rank right below the monarch), marquess and marchioness, earl and countess, viscount and viscountess, and baron and baroness. These nobles are referred to as lords and ladies (the exception being dukes and duchesses, who are referred to as “Your Grace”), according to Merriam-Webster. Princes and princesses often hold dukedoms.

Of course, the Queen has free reign over all of this. “The monarch may offer to bestow a royal title upon his or her daughter’s children,” says Lucy Hume, associate director of Debrett’s, to Town and Country. “For Peter and Zara Phillips, the Queen offered to give them a royal title when they were born, but Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips opted to decline this offer.”

That said, befriending the Queen isn’t likely to lead to being named a princess—although there’s got to be a first for everything!

Next, here are 50 things you didn’t know about the British royal family.

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READ: Taylor Reveals New Trump Phone Call On ‘Investigations’ In Opening Statement

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William Taylor, acting U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, is presenting fresh information in the first public hearing of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, telling lawmakers that Trump had asked Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, about “the investigations” during a phone conversation that was witnessed by an aide to Taylor.

Taylor said that he was told last Friday by that aide about a July 26 meeting between Sondland and Andrey Yermak, an aide to Ukraine’s president, at which the staff member was present.

“Following that meeting, in the presence of my staff at a restaurant, Ambassador Sondland called President Trump and told him of his meetings in Kyiv. The member of my staff could hear President Trump on the phone, asking Ambassador Sondland about ‘the investigations,’ ” Taylor told lawmakers in his opening statement. “Ambassador Sondland told President Trump that the Ukrainians were ready to move forward. Following the call with President Trump, the member of my staff asked Ambassador Sondland what President Trump thought about Ukraine. Ambassador Sondland responded that President Trump cares more about the investigations of Biden, which Giuliani was pressing for.”

Taylor said he did not have this information at the time he gave a closed-door deposition on Oct. 22 before the House impeachment inquiry. Congress released the transcript of that deposition on Nov. 6.

An attorney for Sondland tells NPR’s Michele Kelemen that they have no comment but says Sondland will address the new information in his testimony next week.

Taylor had previously testified that Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, orchestrated a pressure campaign on Ukraine on the president’s behalf to try to cast former Vice President Joe Biden “in a bad light.”

Taylor told investigators that he learned about Trump’s desire for investigations from other diplomats and couldn’t explain to Ukrainians why their military assistance had been withheld over the summer.

Taylor is testifying alongside Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent in Wednesday’s hearing. Kent has also testified that Giuliani’s “effort to gin up politically motivated investigations were … infecting U.S. engagement with Ukraine.”

Read his opening statement.

President Donald Trump on Thursday slammed a report from The Washington Post that said he had asked Attorney General William Barr to hold a news conference defending his controversial call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

The president, through his subordinates, indirectly asked Barr to publicly declare that Trump had broken no laws in the July 25 call, The Washington Post reported Wednesday night, citing people familiar with the matter. That phone call is now at the center of the House impeachment probe into Trump’s efforts to get Ukraine to announce investigations into the Bidens and the 2016 presidential election.

The Post reports that Barr decided not to hold the presser. Trump tweeted Thursday morning that “Bill Barr did not decline my request to talk about Ukraine” — disputing Barr’s reported refusal while appearing to acknowledge that he did ask the attorney general to discuss Ukraine publicly.

But in a follow-up, Trump seemed to broaden his denial. “The degenerate Washington Post MADE UP the story about me asking Bill Barr to hold a news conference. Never happened, and there were no sources!” Trump tweeted.

Trump continued to rail against the story as the day wore on. In another tweet, he revived his nickname for the Post — linking it to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who owns the paper — and called out each of the three reporters by name.

“A garbage newspaper!” he tweeted.

White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said that Trump “has nothing but respect for AG Barr and greatly appreciates the work he’s done on behalf of the country — and no amount of shady sources with clear intent to divide, smear, and slander will change that.”

And lastly, as if this all wasn’t jumbled enough, William almost exclusively refers to her as “Catherine,” as opposed to “Kate,” though it does not seem, in the parlance of Regina George, as if “Catherine” is “ever going to happen.” As the *Daily Mail’*s Rebecca English, the paper’s chief royals correspondent told VF.com, in an e-mail, “Interestingly, in the run up to the 2011 royal wedding, senior members of the palace P.R. team encouraged us in the British media to refer to Kate as ‘Catherine.’ I think they thought it was more formal, more dignified, more royal. And to be fair, it is the name her family refers to her by. Needless to say, though, they were pretty much ignored!”

With a lack of a clear-cut obvious alternative (“Princess Kate”? “Princess Catherine”? “Duchess of Cambridge?” “Kate,” as one word, “Cher”-style? “K. Mid,” a J.Law-esque moniker?), it seems we most often default to what we always used to use.

THE INTERNET. Another key element that has led to the continued use of “Kate Middleton,” on the part of the U.S. media, is, yes, the Internet. As was suggested by the previous Google search results, American Internet users know her, primarily, as “Kate Middleton.” When most Americans are unwinding from a busy day at work—lounging in athletic shorts on their couches, not having made it to the gym—they are typing “Kate Middleton,” not “Duchess of Cambridge,” into their phones, to see what she is up to and what she’s been wearing. And, correspondingly, while you’ll see publishers attempt a “Duchess Kate” here and there, it is very rare to see her referred to exclusively as the “Duchess of Cambridge” in an article or post. (Of course, none of this stops commenters from letting Internet publishers know that they are displeased with the choice to continue to refer to her as “Kate Middleton.”)

Rebecca English noted that most British newspapers refer to her as “the Duchess of Cambridge” (at least on first reference), suggesting that our love of the “Kate Middleton” moniker may be due to the U.S. being “more egalitarian” that the U.K., or that “perhaps it’s simply because she’s a British duchess,” as opposed to an American one (our only Duchess here, of course, is a member of the Black Eyed Peas). Chernock said, “There’s a lack of deference . We’re not burdened by the protocol. We can have that more casual relationship to them.”

THE FUTURE. As mentioned previously, Kate will never actually, depressingly, be gifted with that “princess” title; however, when Charles takes over as king, and William becomes Duke of Cornwall, he will likely also be given the title of Prince of Wales (that would be at the discretion of King Charles). While Kate would still not become Princess of Wales, at that point she would become—and this is wild, and confusing—“Her Royal Highness Catherine, Princess of Wales,” not technically Princess Catherine. (This was the same way Diana’s title was treated when she was married to Charles.) But English suggested that a “sea-change” will likely take place at that point, anyway, and she would start to be known as “Princess Kate” or “Princess of Wales,” in the same way that Diana became known as Princess Di when Charles was in that role. English also noted that “times have most definitely changed” in the U.K., as “formalities of royal protocol and etiquette have most definitely been relaxed.” Additionally, Kate doesn’t seem to care much, as English pointed out that “neither of them get remotely het up about it,” and Kate “always respond to well-wishers who call her by her shortened name.” Perry concurred: “Of course she doesn’t mind being called ‘Kate’ at all – just wants people to be comfortable around her.”

Chernock doesn’t believe the royals will ever do much to protest or correct the press or masses, either. “I don’t think Kate and William are going to protest too loudly,” she said. “They’re really banking on forging this more popular relationship—kind of in line with William’s mother, with Diana. They want to forge that more intimate relationship with their public and with their subjects, and with overseas peoples as well. America is a core audience for them. It ensures that they say relevant, and appear more modern in their sensibilities. I don’t think they’re going to correct , honestly.”

So, for now, call her Kate, as most everyone else does; or call her Catherine, as William does; call her Kate Middleton if you think like a Web site; call her the Duchess of Cambridge if you like to keep things formal; or, if you want to go all-out and embrace the fairy-tale trappings of the royal family (and, really, why shouldn’t we all? life is short), feel free to call her Princess Kate.

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The depressing reason Kate Middleton and Prince William now have more children than the average American family

And royal baby makes three.

Britain’s Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, welcomed their third child, a son, on Monday. He has an older sister, Charlotte, and brother, George. The baby weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces when he was born and William was present during the birth, Kensington Palace said in a statement. Middleton left the hospital with her baby on Monday afternoon. This is the first time the arrival of a royal son won’t demote an older sister in the line of succession to the U.K. throne. Child-care costs won’t be a problem for the royal couple. The Duke is personally worth an estimated $10 million and lives at Kensington Palace in London.

Their family is now bigger in size than the average American family. Unlike many British and American families, the royal couple don’t have to worry about the cost of child care. American moms have 2.4 children on average, down from 3.01 children on average in 1973, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Fewer Americans have having more than three children. Around one-quarter of mothers aged 40 to 44 have three children, a figure that has remained fairly stable over the last four decades, according to the Pew Research Center, a nonprofit think tank in Washington, D.C. But only 14% of mothers in that age group have four or more children, versus 40% four decades ago.

There are several reasons for the decline in U.S. family size. Foremost among them is finance. More women are delaying having a family to focus on their career and education and, as time goes on, the window of fertility gets smaller. Many families are dual income and must save for a down payment and negotiate with banks’ strict lending requirements post-recession. The cost of raising a child from birth to age 17 is approximately $233,610, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Of 186 countries examined by the World Policy Analysis Centre Adult Labor Database, 96% provide some pay to women during maternity leave. The U.S. is not one of them.

40% of American women would like more children

Many women do want more kids. Around 40% of U.S. women nearing the end of their childbearing years say they have fewer children than their ideal, according to a 2015 General Social Survey carried out by NORC at the University of Chicago, a nonpartisan, independent research organization. Among women in the E.U. aged 40 to 54, one-third reported that the number of children they have given birth to is lower than their personal ideal. In the U.K., women aged 45 had an average of 1.9 children, down from 2.21 from their parents’ generation. Family size in the U.K. and Wales peaked in 1935, the U.K. Independent reported.

There are other demographic changes afoot, likely affecting the size of American families. In the U.S., the share of children living in a two-parent household is at the lowest point in more than half a century. Some 69% of children live in two-parent households versus 73% in 2000 and 87% in 1960. And 62% of children live with two married parents — an all-time low. Non-traditional families outnumber traditional two-parent families. The share of children living in one-parent households make up 26% of all households with children, up from 9% in 1960, and they were more likely to live in poverty.

People are also getting married later than they used to. Around 50% of U.S. adults are married, according to the Pew Research Center, down from 72% in 1960. In 2016, the median age for a first marriage was 27.4 for women and 29.5 for men — roughly seven years older than the median ages in 1960. That’s partly due to changing social norms, the cost of raising a child and more people carrying student debt. And the share of American adults who have never been married is at an historic high. One-in-five American adults aged 25 and older have never been married.

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Royal Fans Think Kate Middleton Could Be Expecting Baby No 4 – but Their Reasoning Is a Stretch

Kate Middleton gave birth to her third child with Prince William last year, yet there are increasing rumors that the couple is ready to expand their family by one more. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have not discussed a fourth pregnancy in public, but some royal watchers are convinced that Kate just gave fans a subtle hint about her next baby. Here is the one sign that royal fans are just positive reveals that Kate is expecting baby number four.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton spark pregnancy debate

Kate and William have had a packed schedule ever since they came back home from their Pakistan tour. The Cambridges have been spotted a number of different royal events last week and are continuing that trend as we get closer to the end of the month.

Last Friday, for example, Kate Middleton appeared as gorgeous as ever in a magenta outfit at a children’s hospice in Norfolk. Kate looked as slim as she always does, though that has not shut down the rumors that she is expecting her fourth child with William.

And to fuel the rumors even further, an event in the couple’s calendar is the same one she attended while she was pregnant with two of her other children.

The event has led royal watchers to speculate that another pregnancy announcement is right around the corner for the Cambridges. Although at this point, we can only assume that the event is just a coincidence.

Is the Duchess of Cambridge about to announce her fourth pregnancy?

This week, the Cambridges appeared together in support of the Royal Variety Charity, sparking an intense round of speculation that another pregnancy is afoot.

According to Express, fans are convinced that Kate is expecting because of her track record attending this same event while pregnant. In 2014, Kate appeared at the royal engagement when was expecting Princess Charlotte, and she repeated that in 2017 when she was carrying Prince Louis.

This, of course, does not mean Kate Middleton and Prince William are expecting another little one, but prognosticators in the U.K. have already increased the odds that Kate will give birth in 2020.

Unfortunately, Kate has yet to respond to the new pregnancy reports, so we will have to wait and see how it turns out. But there is little doubt that fans would love to see the Cambridges expand the family even more.

Inside Kate Middleton’s plans for another baby

William and Kate have been open about the possibility of having more children. Following the birth of their youngest son, Kate revealed that she loves having another baby in the house.

And when she was asked about having a fourth child, the Duchess of Cambridge simply smiled.

Inside sources have since claimed that Prince William and Kate Middleton are open to having another kid, especially considering how well their three children get along.

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“They love playing together and being creative. Painting, baking and building things are all activities they enjoy, and now that Louis’ a bit older, he gets involved too,” a source dished.

There is no telling if a fourth child is in the cards for William and Kate, but it definitely sounds like they are open to expanding the family. Exactly when that happens is anyone’s guess, though most experts believe it will be sooner rather than later.

Kate is determined to give her children a normal life

While Prince William will be the King of the United Kingdom someday, Kate Middleton is doing her best to give her three kiddos a normal upbringing.

To that end, the Duchess has been very hands-on when it comes to parenting and likes to do the majority of the work herself instead of relying on a team of nannies. This includes taking the children to school and other activities and preparing their meals.

William also lends a hand whenever he has a chance. In fact, he and Kate are often spotted in the carpool line at their children’s school, Thomas’s Battersea. Although they are members of the royal family, other parents treat them like everyone else.

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Kate models a lot of her parenting styles from her parents, but she is also following in the footsteps of William’s late mother, Princess Diana, who was also very involved in raising him and Prince Harry.

If Prince William and Kate Middleton have another child, we are pretty confident that he or she will be getting the same love and acceptance as the rest of their adorable children.

  • Prince William and Kate Middleton, along with other royal family members, are “delighted” with the arrival of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s baby.
  • The child, a boy, was born early this morning (Monday, May 6), but his name has not yet been announced.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are among the royal family members who’ve responded to the birth of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s son this morning. In a joint statement with other relatives—including the queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, and others―the couple said they “have been informed and are delighted with the news.”

Harry and Meghan’s son, who still remains nameless, is seventh in line for the throne, following Charles, William, William’s three children (Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis), and Harry.

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The Cambridges had similar kind words for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex after they first announced Meghan’s pregnancy in October. In a joint statement with other members of the royal family, they said they were “delighted” for the first-time parents. They even reportedly congratulated the pair at Princess Eugenie’s wedding, which took place just days before Harry and Meghan publicly announced they’re expecting.

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A month later, Duchess Kate also commented on the pregnancy during an appearance in Leicester. “It’s such a special time to have little kiddies,” she told a fan. “And now a cousin for George, Charlotte and Louis as well! It’ll be really special,” she added, mentioning her three kids with Prince William.

About a year ago, William and Kate were at the center of royal baby madness as they welcomed their third child, Prince Louis, on April 23. Unlike the Sussexes, who’ve kept the birth of their child private, William and Kate posed for photos outside of the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital hours after she gave birth. Older siblings George, now five years old, and Charlotte, who’s three, also made an appearance outside of the maternity ward.

We’re patiently waiting for adorable photos of the Cambridge children bonding with their new baby cousin.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton couldn’t be happier to welcome a new royal baby in the family.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with many other royals, released a statement revealing that they were “delighted” about the new addition to the family. Read their message in full here:

The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Lady Jane Fellowes, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Earl Spencer have been informed and are delighted with the news.
The Duchess’s mother, Doria Ragland, who is overjoyed by the arrival of her first grandchild, is with Their Royal Highnesses at Frogmore Cottage.
Her Royal Highness and the baby are both doing well.

In the recent past, Will and Kate have usually been the recipients of royal baby well-wishing. Just this past year, the royal family gushed over the arrival of Prince Louis, Will and Kate’s youngest. Queen Elizabeth was “delighted” about her newest great-grandchild. Her son, Prince Charles, offered his excited with a side of humor.

“We are both so pleased at the news,” Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, said in a statement at the time. “It is a great joy to have another grandchild, the only trouble is I don’t know how I am going to keep up with them.”

Now that his fourth grandchild has arrived, Prince Charles’s hands have only gotten more full—but he’s no doubt extremely happy to try and keep up.

The new royal baby was born on May 6, 2019, at 5:26 am U.K. time. He weighed in at 7lbs 3oz, and is reportedly in good health.

We’ll continue to offer updates on the newborn and his happy new parents, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, as they come in.

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