At 05:26 on the 6th May 2019 the world became heavier by 7 pounds and 3 ounces due to the birth of another royal baby. Whilst watching the interview with Prince Harry after the birth and seeing how happy he was to welcome their little boy into the world, I started wondering; what is he going to be called? Will he be ginger? How many people must die for the first mixed race king to be on the throne? And, most importantly, why the heck do I care?
There are many opportunities in the paper and online for one to bet on what the royal baby will be called. Popular suggestions are Arthur, James and Philip. The name Arthur comes from the Roman clan name Artorius, meaning noble and courageous. It personally reminds me of king Arthur being shouted at by his bristly lipped uncle in the classic Disney film The Sword in the Stone. It also reminds me of Arthur from Peaky Blinders. Both of which are respectable namesakes if you ask me. James has a slightly different meaning; it is derived from the Hebrew name Jacob and means “supplanter”, or, one who follows. As this is my brother’s name, I am, of course, biased. Perhaps the fact that James VI was the first ruler of all Britain will be a good luck charm for the new baby, meaning that he will one day have the opportunity to be King. I must admit that Phillip is my least favourite of the three popular guesses. This name comes from the Greek name Philippos meaning ‘friend of horses’. Of course, being named after the queens husband, and the baby’s great grandfather, is a nice touch but I personally hope Meghan and Harry step out of the box a little and call him something like, I don’t know, Rory, which means ‘red king’ in Gaelic.
Which brings me onto my second question. Will the baby be ginger? Unfortunately, as ginger hair is a recessive gene, it is much more likely that Meghan’s Brunette hair colour will be passed on. If Meghan has a ginger gene hidden somewhere in her genetic makeup then it may still be a possibility, if not, then the hopes of another cute red headed royal must be abandoned. However, as red-haired people make up only 2% of the population and are quickly dying out, let’s hope that Meghan does have that hidden ginger gene so that this important little boy can hold the flag for fellow people with flaming locks alongside his father.
Speaking of his father, who, like Daenerys Targaryen, is highly unlikely to ever sit on the throne, what is the line of succession that will allow for the ruling of the first mixed-race King of England? This bundle of joy bumps prince Andrew, the second son of the queen, to eighth position meaning that a measly six people must die in order for him to take place as the ruler of the country. These six people are as follows; Prince Charles (who, with almost 46% of Brits approving of him passing the crown directly to William, is unlikely to take over the position), Prince William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte (although it wasn’t until 2013 that a law was passed allowing succession of siblings to be decided by age, rather than gender), Prince Louis and then finally Prince Harry. So, although it may be very unlikely that the new little boy will get a chance to represent his African American heritage as king of the country, and definitely will not do so in my lifetime, we can still be excited about his birth representing the important multiculturalization of the royal family.
But why do I and so many millions of people across the world care so much about one person being born? Firstly, the fact that Harry has embraced his rebel self and gone against the grain by marrying an American means that we have an extra 327.2 million people to celebrate with. The birth of a royal baby affords the population a chance for national celebration and international pride and unity. Given the daily worries about climate change and Brexit, Prince Harry’s smiling face has given the people of England a chance to feel positive and warm. As mentioned earlier, as the first mixed race person born into the royal family, the new prince represents an exciting time in the history of the British Monarchy and will forever be remembered. For this reason, we should all grab a jug of pimms and, for once, be allowed to feel proud of being British.