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Queen's "Favorite" Grandchild Peter Philips Almost Lost His Claim To The Throne After Marrying Foreign Commoner

Date October 4, 2019 18:13

We all know Prince William and Prince Harry but the Queen actually has another handsome grandson, who is believed to be her favorite - Princess Anne’s only son Peter Phillips.

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The royal has been hiding in the shadow of his cousins but his love story deserves to be told.

Peter almost lost his claim to the throne

The Queen’s oldest grandchild hasn’t attracted much publicity to his persona. However, Peter could have followed in the Queen’s uncle Edward VIII’s footsteps and resign from his title and royal life.

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And it’s all because of love. Phillips met Autumn Kelly in 2003. She is Canadian and a commoner with no connection to the royalty. There isn’t much known about the progression of their relationship but in 2007, the couple announced their engagement.

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Autumn was raised a Roman Catholic which put Peter in a dangerous position. At that time, Phillips was fifth in the line to the British throne and he could have lost his claim if Autumn hadn’t given up her faith for him.

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The Act of Settlement 1701 states:

No Roman Catholic, nor anyone married to Roman Catholic could hold the Crown.

Kelly was forced to change her religion so that Peter could keep his place in the succession line. Autumn is not the first woman in the British royal family who had to do that. Meghan Markle had to be converted to the Church of England as well.

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The royal family members broke many old rules in their life but it seems that some will remain unbroken even in the modern world.