Well, this is unexpected! Now that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have announced to the world that they’re expecting their first royal baby, everyone is wondering what title their little bundle of joy will be given. According to new reports, Harry and Meghan’s baby won’t receive a Prince or Princess title — but why?

The Daily Mail has revealed that if the Duke and Duchess of Sussex‘s first child is a boy, he will be called the Earl of Dumbarton and, if the baby is a girl, she’ll be Lady [First Name] Mountbatten-Windsor. Any more children they have will be given Lord or Lady titles, not Prince or Princess titles like Kate Middleton and Prince William‘s children, Prince George, 5, Princess Charlotte, 3, and Prince Louis, 5 months.

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Way before William and Harry joined Britain’s line of succession, King George V — the Windsor siblings’ great-great-grandfather — decided to limit the Prince and Princess titles within the monarchy with a decree passed in 1917. “The grandchildren of the sons of any such Sovereign in the direct male line (save only the eldest living son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales) shall have and enjoy in all occasions the style and title enjoyed by the children of Dukes of these Our Realms,” the rule explained.

But the good news is that Queen Elizabeth can basically do whatever she wants and might change the protocol to give Harry and Meghan’s future children Prince or Princess titles. She did, after all, bend the royal rules to allow all of Kate and William’s children — not just George, who is a future King — to have Prince or Princess titles.

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Basically, we’ll just have to wait and see what title the Queen gives Harry and Meghan’s first baby when he or she joins the royal family in spring 2019 — we can’t wait!

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