Monday 22 October 2018

Why Meghan and Harry's future daughters won't inherit a royal title

Group shot: The family snap with Meghan centre stage. Photo: Getty Images
Group shot: The family snap with Meghan centre stage. Photo: Getty Images
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during their wedding at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex walk down the west steps of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, Britain, May 19, 2018. Ben STANSALL/Pool via REUTERS
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex exit St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle after their royal wedding ceremony, in Windsor, Britain, May 19, 2018. NEIL HALL/Pool via REUTERS
Harry and his wife Meghan turn to watch Doria Ragland, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall as they walk down the west steps of St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle (Ben Stansall/PA)
Meghan Markle in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle for her wedding to Prince Harry in Windsor, Britain, May 19, 2018. Jonathan Brady/Pool via REUTERS
Harry and Meghan
Stepping out: Meghan and Harry at Prince Charles’ 70th birthday bash at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday. Photo: Getty
Royal wedding
Meghan attends a garden party at Buckingham Palace, with Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles, in London, Britain May 22, 2018. Dominic Lipinski/Pool via Reuters
Princess Charlotte on the steps of St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle after the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Meghan attends a garden party at Buckingham Palace, in London, Britain May 22, 2018. Dominic Lipinski/Pool via Reuters

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Britain's Meghan and Harry's future daughters won't inherit a royal title.

It's been speculated that the couple - who got married at Windsor Castle on May 19 - will probably try for a baby by the end of the year now that they're officially husband and wife but while a son born to them will inherit the dukedom, any girls they parent will simply be known as a lady rather than receive the title of a princess.

The royal laws of succession were changed to become gender-neutral in 2013 - meaning Kate and William's daughter Princess Charlotte became the first female royal to retain her place in the line of succession.

However, while Charlotte's older brother George, four, was always entitled to be HRH Prince George of Cambridge, the three-year-old royal was only known by her name until her great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth stepped in and made her a princess.

According to The Express newspaper, the 92-year-old monarch can go down the same route if Harry and his new wife - who was known as Meghan Markle before she joined the royal family last month - have any daughters together - but it's up to her.

The fact that their daughters may not receive a royal title will no doubt irritate the 36-year-old former actress as she's often spoken out about females having equal rights.

The brunette beauty said: "I am proud to be a woman and a feminist."

The couple - who went public with their relationship last year - tied the knot in front of the whole world last month at St George's Chapel in Windsor and Meghan is looking forward to getting stuck in to her official royal duties now that she's part of the family.

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