We’re all waiting for the day Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announce that they’re welcoming a new member into the royal family. Now that they’re married, it absolutely makes sense for the couple to have children at some point in the near future.
Ever prior to the royal wedding, Harry and Meghan expressed their desire to become parents and have their own little family when the time is right. However, the two won’t have parental custody of their future kids, according to a British law.
Parental Custody of Royal Children
This may come as a surprise to many, but the parental custody of all children in the royal family belongs to the Sovereign. This means that even though Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be the biological parents, their children will be under the ownership of Queen Elizabeth II.
Royal author and law expert, Marlene Koenig explained in an interview that the Queen has legal custody of all minor grandchildren in the royal family. This means that Kate and Will aren’t technically legal custodians of their children’s either!
This British law isn’t anything new. In fact, it was created in the 1700’s during the reign on King George I, some 300 years ago. And there’s an interesting story behind the law. According to Koenig, the reigning king at the time didn’t have the best relationship with his son, George II.
He passed the law because he was scared that he would be kept away from his grandchildren. In 1717, King George I proposed the law and judges voted in favor of it, extending His Majesty’s rightful supervision to his grandchildren.
Permission from Her Majesty
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Since then, the law has remained unchanged. This means that Queen Elizabeth currently has supervision over all of her grandchildren. This includes Kate and William’s three kids, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. Also, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s unborn children. The Queen has the final say in the upbringing of all her grandchildren until they reach adulthood.
Koenig says that the law also applied to Prince Harry and Prince William when they were children. Their father and next in line to the throne, Prince Charles, had to get the Queen’s permission before taking his children on a trip. Without her consent, the kids were not allowed to travel.
Even late Princess Diana had to consult with the Queen before taking any major decisions for her children. Before her death, Diana had wanted to take her children on trip to Australia. However, she was unable to do so after the Queen denied permission.