New Royal Baby: A ‘Spare to the Heir’?


A second child was born Saturday to British Prince William and his wife, Kate – a princess who will surely delight the public but face life known half-jokingly as “the spare to the heir.” Her name was not immediately announced.

Royal succession rules dictate that the throne always passes to the eldest child, and royals born second rarely have to worry about one day becoming king or queen. It’s a position that brings far less responsibility, but also fewer privileges than the heir apparent.