Kate And William's 3 Children Will Face 'Unfair' Requirements When It’s Time For Them To Marry Because Of 2013 Act

Date October 23, 2019

The current line of succession has Kate and William’s three children in the third, fourth, and fifth places. However, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis may put their royal parents in an unusual position when it’s time for them to marry.

The new rule

The Cambridge children are the first royal generation that will get affected by the Succession to the Crown Act 2013, which came into force 4 years ago.

One of the provisions of the Act was that the first six heirs to the British throne are required to ask the monarch’s permission to marry. However, it means that Kate and William might face a difficult situation in the future.

When William ascends the throne and Kate becomes his Queen, their children will have different requirements when it comes to marriage. During the debate over the 2013 Act, PM Christopher Pincher noted:

Imagine a scenario where a monarch has three children, who each have two or three children. The monarch will soon be in the invidious position where grandchild number four, who is fifth-in-line to the throne, must seek consent of the monarch to marry, but grandchild number six, who is seventh-in-line to the throne, need not seek that consent.

This means that William, a monarch with 3 kids, would be put in an “unfair” situation as he would potentially need to grand permission to marry to, for example, Princess Charlotte and not her younger brother, Louis.

Who needs permission from the Queen to marry now?

Before the new Act, all heirs had to ask for Her Majesty’s permission. But now it seems that only Kate and William’s children will have to deal with it.

Princess Beatrice, who is set to marry next year, didn’t have to ask the monarch if she could marry Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi but Prince Harry was obliged to do so before tying the knot with Meghan.

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