The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s child will be able to experience a more “normal” life with much less pressure to conform to royal standards than the children of William and Kate, a historian has suggested. This is due to the baby’s position as the offspring of Harry, a second-born royal son. Dr Jonathan Spangler of Manchester Metropolitan University suggests that Meghan and Harry’s baby will have greater freedom because of positioning in the line of succession.
But the new royal arrival will face scrutiny over their behaviour as they grow up as part of the Windsor family.
Dr Spangler, who specialises on the institution of monarchy, said: “There are three Cambridge children and maybe there will be a fourth.
“There will be plenty of royal duties for them to do, and less and less for Harry’s child to do.
“But Harry and Meghan’s child will still be expected to live up to a certain standard.
“You can see that problem with Harry’s life as well.
“He was held up to a much higher scrutiny than his friends.”
The Duke, born a spare to an heir and the second son of the Prince and Princess of Wales, used to be known for his scuffles, scrapes and scandals.
In his youth, William’s impulsive younger brother had a spat with a paparazzi photographer and sparked worldwide outrage by dressing up as a Nazi for a fancy dress party.
He even confessed in 2017 that he once “wanted out” of the royal family, but said he “decided to stay in and work out a role for myself”.
Unless the Queen intervenes, Baby Sussex will not be an HRH because George V limited titles within the Royal Family during the First World War.
Dr Spangler added: “People who are not HRHs are free to go off and start business ventures and companies and whatever they like.
“Harry and Meghan’s baby could grow up to be a bit more normal, or as normal as they can be in this media centred world.”