As it happened to all royals so far, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will have to face some rigorous rules regarding raising their kids. It seems that for a truly bizarre reason, the future children of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle won’t be in their custody.
I know it sounds unbelievable, but according to royal laws, the Duke and the Duchess of Sussex won’t have the legal custody of their future children. “The sovereign has legal custody of the minor grandchildren,” explained Marlene Koenig, a royal expert.
“This goes back to King George I [who ruled in the early 1700s], and the law’s never been changed. He did it because he had a very poor relationship with his son, the future King George II, so they had this law passed that meant the King was the guardian of his grandchildren.”
This law was passed in 1717 by ten judges out of twelve, and it says that the queen has the “right of supervision extended to his grandchildren and this right of right belongs to His Majesty, King of the Realm, even during their father’s lifetime.”
Even if 300 years have passed since the law was implemented, it also stands today. It’s known that over time, this law has, in a way or another, affected the way that royal’s children has been raised. Especially i we’re talking about education or upbringing matters.
“When [Princes Harry and William] were little, Prince Charles asked the Queen if both children could fly on a plane together to Scotland, to which the Queen said yes,” says royal expert Marlene Koenig. “Technically, they needed permission for travel. The Queen has the last word on parenting decisions like that,” he added.
As a fact, Princess Diana wasn’t allowed to fly with her kids William and Harry to Australia. This happened shortly before her death.
Koenig also said that “custody is not included [in those divorce documents] because they did not legally have custody of their children to begin with.” Referring to the divorce agreements between Prince Charles and Princess Diana.
Anyway, in the event of Queen’s passing it seems that he custody will be passed. So according to Koenig, if something it’s going to happen, Prince Charles will take care of, so far George, Charlotte, Louis, and surely other grandchildren who’re up to come.
Beside that, is seems that the Palace “doesn’t make a big deal” regarding the law. “He understands they want to raise their children privately … the only thing Charles might ask for is more pictures,”added Koenig.