Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle gave birth to 7th in line to the throne Baby Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor on Monday. As many other facts and information surfaced regarding the recent royal addition, another perplexing one too came into limelight.
According to a royal law, Meghan and Harry will not have full legal custody of their son – and nor will Kate Middleton and Prince William will have the same for all the three children of them.
As per the experts on the matter, the law came into existence when George I did not get along with his son and future King George II (Prince of Wales) in 1717. So when George I was not able to pick a Godparent for his grandchild, he went to British parliament for help.
The law “The Grand Opinion for the Prerogative Concerning the Royal Family” was then cooked up by the parliament to please the then monarch.
As per this law, Queen Elizabeth has full legal custody rights of all her grandchildren and none of the parents can take away the child.
Although according to experts the Queen never exercised this right and let her children be the absolute guardian of their wards, the problem did arise when Lady Diana – after divorce with Prince Charles – wished to take William and Harry with her to Australia. At the time, Diana had to forgo her children’s custody to abide by this law and many other ‘Royal Laws’.