The Law Explains Why Meghan Markle And Prince Harry Won't Have Legal Custody Of Their Own Children

Date August 23, 2018

The royal family always stick to the old traditions, which can sometimes seem bizarre in the modern world. It’s hard to put up with the numerous etiquette rules and regulations! On top of that, there is a weird agreement with the Queen regarding the custody of the children born in the Palace.


According to royal expert Marlene Koenig, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge do not have legal custody over Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. In fact, they belong to their great-grandmother. The law was established during the reign of George I in 1717, who wished to legalize his influence on the minor children in the family due to a bad relationship with his own son. 


300 years ago, he decided that the monarch should have an ultimate right to make decisions about royal children’s education and marriage, and that extended to grandchildren as well. Since then, the Sovereign must provide an official approval of major parenting nuances, or dictate their own.


This law has not been changed ever since, and so it transfers the legal custody of the monarch’s grandchildren from their parents to the king or queen, even during their parents' lifetime.

This bizarre law will affect Prince Harry and Meghan Markle when they have children of their own. While it is now more of a formality, the Queen retained the final say regarding the upbringing of princes William and Harry when they were young.


After a divorce in the royal family, as it happened with Charles and Diana, the children could not fall under the mother’s custody, simply because she never legally had it. Thus, the last will of the Princess of Wales to put her sons under the custody of the Spencer family was tacitly ignored.

The Queen was giving consent to important parenting decisions. The law states that, after the Queen passes, the legal custody of the minors be transferred to the King of the realm, Prince Charles.


With this being said, the times change and we must change with them. Her Majesty has an impact on her grandchildren, however, she respects their parents and avoids imposing her clear-cut opinions.


Meghan Markle, who is yet to be the mother to a British royal, has already established a trusting relationship with her grandmother-in-law, so she might count on the Queen’s approval of their parenting style.

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