How Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's baby boy has shifted the line of succession

Samir Hussein / GettyMeghan Markle and Prince Harry have had their first child.

Meghan Markle gave birth to a baby boy on Monday at 5:26 a.m. On Wednesday, the newborn’s name was revealed: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

The arrival of baby Archie has shifted the line of succession in the British royal family.

Meghan and Prince Harry’s son is now seventh in line to the throne. The baby’s birth pushes Prince Andrew, Queen Elizabeth II’s third child and second son, down to eighth.

Harry remains sixth in line to the throne, while the baby’s grandfather, Prince Charles, is still the first and expected to become king following the Queen’s death. Baby Sussex’s uncle, Prince William, is second in line.

Here’s the line of succession following the arrival of the royal baby:

Royal family succession lineSamantha Lee/INSIDER

Archie’s cousins Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, the children of William and Kate Middleton, are ahead of both Baby Sussex and Harry in the line of succession, so it’s very unlikely that either will see the crown.

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Archie has not been given the same title of prince as his cousins George and Louis. As Grant Harrold, an etiquette expert and former royal butler, previously told INSIDER’s Mikhaila Friel,the baby would not hold this title unless expressly given permission by the Queen. In this case, sources for Buckingham Palace told INSIDER that Markle and Harry have opted not to give a courtesy title to Archie for now.

Charlotte and George raceStar Max/ AP Images/ Getty ImagesPrince George is ahead of Princess Charlotte in the line of succession.

In a statement he issued on Monday shortly after Archie’s birth, Harry said he was “so incredibly proud” of Meghan and “just over the moon” about his son’s arrival.

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