Meghan Markle gave birth to her first child on May 6, which means that she became pregnant around August 2018. The Duchess of Sussex tied the knot with Prince Harry on May 19.

On the online forum site Quora, royal fans are wondering what would’ve happened if Markle became pregnant before she and Prince Harry tied the knot. One royal fan asked if this would cause a huge royal scandal or if the baby will be accepted by the royal family.

Michael Jecks said that there shouldn’t be an issue if Markle becomes pregnant before marrying Prince Harry. The couple’s royal wedding will still push through as planned.

“As far as the idea that she could be made pregnant… she is old enough and bright enough not to. However, were she to become pregnant, no one would care two hoots in the UK. For God's sake, this is the 21st century. We have children born out of wedlock and it isn't a problem. And if they marry before the birth, no, it won't be illegitimate. Scandal? No,” Jecks said.

Dan Weinberg, who works at the United Kingdom Civil Service, said that as long as Prince Harry and Markle’s child is born after they tie the knot, he will be a legitimate child. This would also mean that the royal couple’s child will be included in the line of succession.

But if Prince Harry and Markle’s baby is born before the couple tied the knot, this would make him an illegitimate child. The couple’s child will also be excluded from the line of succession even after their parents get married.

Royal fan Graham Moore said that Markle getting pregnant before her royal wedding would’ve been a royal scandal. The tabloids would also find the opportunity to prey on this storyline, but the public won’t necessarily be bothered by the news.

“The baby would certainly be illegitimate if born before the wedding - I don’t know if marriage legitimizes an illegitimate birth, though,” he said.

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Meghan Markle is pictured at the launch of the Smart Set clothing collection on Sept. 12, 2019 in London. Philip Panting