Kate Middleton’s royal baby and the myth of the firstborn
I’ve heard a lot of sympathy for the pregnant Duchess, who will now have to contend with strangers dissecting her diet and wondering if she’ll buy cloth diapers. But this week, I felt more sorry for Prince Harry. Thanks to nifty new rules that allow a firstborn girl to be Queen, this baby will inevitably bump Harry down the line of succession. If Kate has twins, the one who comes out first will, by a matter of luck and minutes, be the heir. Perhaps the secondborn won’t miss being a figurehead monarch; it doesn’t seem like a joyride of a job. Still, the frenzy over the Royal Fetus shows how much weight we still place on the order of things.