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Prince Harry And Meghan Markle's Children May Not Be Princes And Princesses According To A Royal Rule From 1917

Date February 2, 2018 13:31

The romance of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has led them to the May 19, when the couple got married in Windsor. Now, as they have officially wed, the royal fans expect the announcement of Meghan's pregnancy.

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But according to some ancient rules, it's possible that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may not birth princes and princesses.

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Usually, Queen Elizabeth hands out titles on the big day. This was officially when Prince William became the Duke of Cambridge, hence, his wife became a Duchess.

 

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After the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, they have also received the new statuses - the Duke and the Duchess of Sussex. 

Now, what about their potential children? They will likely be referred to as Lord and Lady. This is according to the regulations issued by King George V in 1917 which state:

 

The grandchildren of the sons of any such Sovereign in the direct male line (save only the eldest living son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales) shall have and enjoy on all occasions the style and title enjoyed by the children of Dukes of these Our Realms.

 

 

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This means while the grandchildren of the sovereign can receive these titles. the great-grandchildren may not, with the exception of the oldest son of the Prince of Wales (in this case, Prince George).

 

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For Princess Charlotte to get her title, Queen Elizabeth had to step in. Future siblings will also be afforded the same styling given to George. And of course, the monarch can choose to make the same exception for Prince Harry's children if she chooses. But she may not need to.

 

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According to that same decree, if the Queen passes away, Harry and Meghan's kids will then become princes and princesses as they will become the grandchildren (not great-grandchildren) of the new sovereign, Prince Charles.

 

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But despite all these decrees and regulations, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle do have a choice on the matter.

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Considering their penchant for breaking the rules from time to time, it seems this couple is the kind to step out of the box, and we imagine it will be more so when it comes to their kids.

For example, the Queen's son, Prince Edward and his wife Sophie Rhys-Jones chose to not give their children these titles even though they were entitled to them.

 

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So, while a lot of factors could determine things one way or another, as it stands, the kids of the married couple, The Duke of Sussex Harry and Duchess Meghan would not be HRHs.

 

READ ALSO: The One Major Difference Between How Kate Middleton And Meghan Markle Have Their Pictures Taken

 

 

Source: GoodHousekeeping