Royal baby alert: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expecting their first child! Kensington Palace announced the news this morning on Instagram.
“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019. Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public.”
So, the question everyone in the redhead community wants to know: Will the baby have red hair?
Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019. pic.twitter.com/Ut9C0RagLk
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) October 15, 2018
Let’s get down to the facts:
1. In order for a baby to have red hair, both parents must carry the gene (MC1R), since it is a recessive trait. So if you’re a redhead and you marry a redhead, odds are, your kids will be redheads, too.
2. If only one parent has the redhead gene but the other is a carrier, the baby’s chances are 50/50.
We know Prince Harry has the gene (since he’s a redhead), but we aren’t sure about Meghan. Her half-brother, Thomas Markle Jr., has red hair, so it could be possible!
3. If neither of the parents have red hair but they both are carriers, they have a one in four chance of a fiery-haired child.
4. If one parent is not a carrier (even though the other is), you’ve got no shot.
5. However, families can carry the gene for generations –– without even knowing it. This is when a redheaded baby appears out of nowhere!
We’ll have to wait until early next year to find out their bundle of joy’s hair color. Rock it like a Redhead!