We’ve reached that point of a royal pregnancy where there are already too many things to speculate about the royal baby.
Now, we all know that there are many thing, like the gender, name and even title of baby Sussex. All are the subject of debate but one thing is certain.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s baby is going to cost his parents more from the get-go. As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will have to pay a higher fee for the birth certificate. The General Register Office of England and Wales is putting up the price of all certificates from this weekend.
So now, what does this mean for the royal couple?
This means that the soon-to-be parents, like thousands of other parents across the two countries, will now have to stump up £11 per copy rather than the £4 that a birth certificate has cost until now. Obviously, the price won’t be a problem for the Sussexe’s. However, they will be more concerned about the impact it could have on families on lower incomes.
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The Home Office says this is the first rise in almost nine years. Also added: “The fees is set at cost recovery level only”. While registrars have the power to adjust charges if they feel someone is really struggling to pay the fee.
It’s likely that we’ll all get to see a copy of the birth registration.
That too, for free. As the royal family has taken to releasing copies of the paperwork as soon as it’s completed. A registrar will probably visit Harry and Meghan at home to complete the registration as was the case with both William and Harry’s births. And the arrivals of all three Cambridge babies.
Either Harry or Meghan can sign the record of their baby’s birth, but not both. When parents are married to each other, just one makes the formal registration. A birth must be registered in the district in which it took place and it must be recorded within six weeks of the arrival of the baby.
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We hope the birth certificate is released soon by the royal family.
However, we all know that if the birth record of baby Sussex is shared, then one part will lead to some debate. Since 1984, there has been a space to note a mother’s occupation on registration. And Kate Middleton’s decision to describe herself as ‘Princess of the United Kingdom’ has ignited much discussion.
She’s perfectly entitled to call herself that as the space in question is for a person’s ‘rank, trade or occupation’. Meghan Markle’s choice will no doubt end up in the spotlight, too.