I know everyone’s probably pretty sick of royal this and royal that, but I have a question.
I have a pretty good handle on how the succession works, with one minor hole. Consider the following scenario:
The monarch has no heir (eg if William were king, Charles and Elizabeth having passed on and he has no kids yet), and he dies while his wife is pregnant. Who is the next monarch? Taking the example of William, would it be Harry or the baby? Would Harry be an interim king until the birth? If the monarchy passed to Harry, would it pass back to the baby (and decendants of the baby) when Harry died (even if Harry had kids)? If it is the baby, what do they do until it is born? If it’s not the baby, what title does the baby get? Would it be a prince/princess? Where in the line of succession would it fit (especially if Harry had kids)?
Now, I know if the baby was born even 1 minute before William died, the baby would be king or queen (an presumably Harry, or the mother would do the duties of monarch until the child was old enough). But the case of an unborn heir has me baffled.
I hope this makes sense.