Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are reportedly eager to start a family after marrying each other last May. While it is not clear when the two will officially have their first child, the young couple will not have custody of their kid because of a strange agreement with his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.
Per the rules of the royal family, Her Majesty actually retains full custody of family members while they are minors. The odd rule dates all the way back to the 1700s and King George I, who put the law into motion. Although the rule was made some 300 years ago, the royal family has never found the urge to change it.
The wedding outfits of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will go on display at Windsor Castle in 2018 and the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh in 2019 in a special Royal Collection Trust exhibition — visit @Royal_Collection_Trust to find out more about “A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex”.
In an interview with Elle, Marlene Koenig, an expert in all things royal family, explained why the law was put into practice in the first place. Apparently, King George I did not have the best relationship with his son and wanted to protect his grandson, who would eventually sit on the throne as King George II.
The rule is still in place to this day and pertains to all of Queen Elizabeth’s grandchildren, including Prince William and Kate Middleton’s three kids: Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
Although Her Majesty technically has fully custody, she has never interfered in her grandchildren’s lives to the point where it has created problems with their parents. When Elizabeth dies, the custody of the minor children will go to the next person in line to the throne, which currently is Prince Charles.
The only time this odd rule has had an effect on anyone is when the grandchildren need to travel abroad. Because Her Majesty has full custody, the parents need her permission before they take their kids out of the country. This comes up from time to time, though Elizabeth has always been willing to give the parents whatever they want.
Markle and Harry have not confirmed when they are planning to have kids of their own. Shortly after announcing the engagement, Harry talked about starting a family for the first time in public. “No [not now], of course, you know, one step at a time,” Harry told reporters. “Hopefully we’ll start a family in the near future.”
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot back in May. Since then, the two have been plenty busy with official duties for the royal family. They have not commented on the baby rumors, though fans cannot wait for the day when they finally announce their first pregnancy.