Male heirs are kind of a big deal in the history of the British crown.
In fact, you could say past members of the royal family have been known to really lose their heads over the matter.
But those days are long gone, and in the 21st century, beheadings are reserved for serious offenses such as wearing an ascot that clashes with the tablecloth at high tea.
We kid the Royals because we love them.
And we especially love Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, who are infinitely more fun and interesting than their contemporaries within the Windsor clan.
(Yes, we're looking at you, Will and Kate!)
As you've likely heard by now, Meghan is pregnant with her first child.
And, as is always the case with palace pregnancies, British tabloids and amateur royal watchers alike are desperate for any scrap of new information that might come their way.
Sources say Meghan just entered her second trimester, and the Royals tend to be quite secretive about matters such as this.
So it might be quite some time before we learn anything new regarding the baby's name or gender.
But at least now we know whether Harry is hoping for a son or a daughter -- and his answer says a lot about how things have changed in the royal family of the 21st century.
Harry and Meghan are on their first royal tour at the moment, and they spent the weekend in Sydney, Australia.
According to US Weekly, the couple was spotted strolling near the city's famous opera house on Sunday.
Witnesses say a passerby shouted to Harry, “I hope it’s a girl.”
Harry reportedly paused for a moment before turning and replying, “So do I.”
So there you have it.
The Duke of Sussex is hoping for a daughter.
No word yet on whether Meghan is hoping for a girl or a boy, but insiders say she's been so ecstatic lately it's impossible to imagine her being disappointed with either outcome.
As for the royal moniker, sources say Harry and Meghan "have a long list of names" to choose from.
In the end, though, they'll probably go with something boring like Anne or Thomas.
They're still royalty, after all.