With a few weeks more to go before the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s first child, royal family fans are now excitedly predicting whether it’s going to be a boy or a girl. But regardless of what Baby Sussex’s sex might be, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s firstborn is going to set a very important first for the British royal family as Baby Sussex is going to be the first Afro-American in the family.

“I think this baby is going to be hugely important historically because it's going to break new ground,” explained royal biographer Claudia Joseph. “Whether it's a girl or a boy, it will be the first Afro-American baby to be born into the Royal Family.”

Baby Sussex will be the first person of mixed race to occupy a senior position in the British royal family, according to the biographer. Meghan and Prince Harry’s child will be seventh in line to the British throne, right after his father, who is sixth in line.

Some people are looking forward to Baby Sussex’s birth as they see it as a kind of breaking some type of social and racial barrier for black people. “Every time we can break a barrier and be, as black people, somewhere where we're not expected to be that is to be celebrated,” explained Michelle Ebanks, who heads a company that publishes the African-American women-targeted magazine “Essence.”

For Ebanks, Meghan and Prince Harry’s baby represents a total paradigm shift. “Because we should not be in a box,” she added. “Not in a box, not outside a box - there is no box! So, to be royalty should be normal.”

In fact, even the royal family appears to be cognizant of the potential of Baby Sussex’s mixed heritage in building better international relations. There are recent reports that Meghan and Prince Harry are now groomed to take on the international stage, with Africa being eyed as a potential destination for the couple.

Meghan and Prince Harry are reported to be moving to Africa a year after their first baby is born. The decision is expected to be finalized by 2020, and the royal couple is expected to work international for the next two to three years.

However, Buckingham Palace neither confirmed nor denied the report but merely mentioned that it’s pure speculations for now. “Any future plans for The Duke & Duchess are speculative at his stage,” a palace rep explained. “No decisions have been taken about future roles.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, walk through the walled public Andalusian Gardens. Facundo Arrizabalaga - Pool/Getty Images