How Prince William and Kate’s baby could make royal history

By: Meaghan Wray

History will be made if Prince William and Kate’s third child is a baby boy. Regardless of the sex of the new baby, their adorable daughter Princess Charlotte will hold her place, currently fourth, in line to the throne.

TAP FOR GALLERY Regardless if the new royal baby is a boy or girl, Princess Charlotte will retain her line in succession.

This is the result of a change to the Succession to the Crown Act. Prior to Prince George’s birth in 2013, male members of the royal family took precedence over their female siblings. Now, the line of succession is based on order of birth and not gender, meaning that if the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s third child is a boy, he will not ascend his sister in the line of succession.

On Monday (Sept 4), Prince William and Kate revealed they are expecting their third child together. The announcement was made via a statement from Kensington Palace.

It read: "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their third child. The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news. As with her previous two pregnancies, The Duchess is suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum. Her Royal Highness will no longer carry out her planned engagement at the Hornsey Road Children's Centre in London today. The Duchess is being cared for at Kensington Palace."

It was also revealed that Kate is suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum, a severe morning sickness that she experienced while pregnant with both George and Charlotte. As expected, William and Kate are not revealing the sex of their baby. They left the gender of their first two children a mystery. Nevertheless, the couple's third child will be styled as the Prince or Princess of Cambridge, much like George and Charlotte.

Read: Prince William and Kate announce pregnancy

It may not come as a surprise that the Duke and Duchess are adding to their brood. Reports in the past have claimed that Kate, who has two younger siblings James and Pippa, wants "at least" three children. Friends suggested that Kate had her second child so soon after her first – George and Charlotte are only 22 months apart – because she is keen to have more children in the future. Growing up with a brother and a sister will have likely influenced Kate's decision to expand her family. She and Pippa have less than two years apart, while Kate shares a five-year age gap with her brother James.

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