Earlier today, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced that they’re stepping down as “senior” members of the royal family. So, what does it mean for the British line of succession?
Unfortunately, we’re not entirely sure, since it’s rare for royals to resign of their own accord. However, if the rumors are true, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s decision will likely affect the lineup in years to come. Here’s what you need to know.
1. How will it affect the line of succession?
It’s hard to tell, since they’re not totally abandoning all royal responsibilities. Since Prince Harry won’t be considered an active member of the family, it’s possible he could get bumped down in the line of succession, even though he is the second-born son of Prince Charles. (He’s currently sixth in line.)
Then, if a new member joined the family, that person would precede Prince Harry, since he’d no longer have priority to the throne. If that happens, then Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor would also be in jeopardy of losing his rank.
2. Will Prince Harry be removed from the line of succession entirely?
We’d be shocked if the Sussexes were excluded from the line of succession, especially since they’re still planning on serving Queen Elizabeth and the Commonwealth. While they could very much be bumped down, it would be unprecedented for them to be removed entirely. The monarch rarely banishes someone from the lineup, even in extremely controversial cases like Prince Andrew.
One thing’s for sure: That crown isn’t looking too likely for little Archie…