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February 16, 2021

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Baby No 2 Won't Be the First Royal Child to Be Born in the US

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's second child would not be the first royal child born in the United States. Meet Maud Windsor, the first royal child born in the country.

The media has been awash with news about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle expecting baby no.2. And although the newborn would be birthed in the United States, it would not be the first royal child born in the country.

On August 13, 2013, Maud Windsor was born to Lord Frederick Windsor and Sophie Winkelman, Lady Frederick Windsor. Although she was born in the States, she was christened back in London at the Royal Chapel at St. James's Palace.

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Lord Frederick is the son of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent. Prince Michael happens to be the Queen's first cousin, which makes Lord Frederick the British monarch's first cousin once removed.

Maud was born to Lord Frederick and Winkelman when they were residents in Los Angeles, USA, at the time. Her father, who works with JP Morgan, was stationed there at the time.

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The 7-year-old has a younger sister named Isabella, who was born in 2017. At the time of Isabella's birth, the couple had moved back to London full time.

Despite their distance from the line of succession, Lord Frederick and his family are close to the other royals, with Maud serving as a royal bridesmaid for her cousin, Ella Windsor.

Her other names are also a tribute to people in her family lineage.

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She also served as a royal bridesmaid alongside her distant cousin Princess Charlotte at Princess Eugenie's wedding in October 2018.

At a time, Maud and Prince George used to be in the same school at Thomas Battersea and were even in the same class. The duo has a lovely relationship, and one time, Maud was invited to a tea party at Kensington before Princess Charlotte was born.

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Interestingly, the little tot who now attends the Hampshire School in Chelsea used to be 42nd in line for the throne but was bumped down to the 51st in line with the birth of more royals up the line of succession.

Maud was born and named Maud Elizabeth Daphne Marina Windsor. Her parents loved the idea of an old-fashioned English name, and there were a couple of Princess Mauds in her father's family from years ago; one of the Mauds even became the Queen of Norway.

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Her other names are also a tribute to people in her family lineage. Elizabeth is in honor of the Queen, Daphne is her maternal great grandmother's name, and Marina was her paternal great grandmother's name.

Maud's parents are not official members of the royal family, although they appear alongside the family for various events such as the Queen's annual birthday parade, Trooping the Colour. Lord Frederick spent part of his childhood with Prince William and Prince Harry.

Amazingly, her mother, Winkelman, is a successful actress who has appeared in "Peep Show," "Two and a Half Men," among other television shows. She is currently a royal patron of The Children's Surgery Foundation.

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