Prince William and Kate Middleton Won't Have Custody of Their Kids
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Kate Middleton and Prince William are the proud parents of three royal children - Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis - but thanks to a 300-year-old royal rule, News, they technically have not had legal custody of any of them .com.au reported .
"The sovereign has custody of the underage grandchildren," said the royal historian and founder of the Royal Musings blog Marlene Koenig opposite the point of sale.
"This goes back to King George I [who ruled in the early 18th century] and the law has never been changed," explained Koenig. "He did it because he had a very bad relationship with his son, future King George II. They passed this law which meant that the king was the guardian of his grandchildren." The law was passed in 1717 and re-regulated in 1772, but has not been changed since.
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This means that the queen had custody of Prince William and Prince Harry as a minor, but it's unclear if she has custody of George, Charlotte and Louis since they are their great-grandchildren, Koenig told BAZAAR.com. King George I had no great-grandchildren when the law was made.
However, if Prince Charles becomes king, he will have custody of his grandchildren, which includes William's children and Prince Harry's son with Meghan Markle, Archie.
For the sovereign, "custody" means having a say in the upbringing, travel and education of the grandson, reports News.com.au. The original law even states that the monarch is responsible for the "upbringing and care" of grandchildren, "arranging their place of residence", "appointing their governors and governesses" and "caring for and approving their marriages". ""
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We saw the law in action when William and Harry were young. Prince Charles had to ask Her Majesty's permission to fly with him to Scotland, News.com.au reports. In one case, the Queen refused to give permission when Princess Diana asked to bring her sons to Australia shortly before her death.
"Technically, they needed a travel permit. The Queen has the final say on such parenting decisions," Koenig told the website.
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The centuries-old law is also why child custody was not included in the divorce papers of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, as well as Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson. (The latter two are parents of Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie of York.)
"Custody is not included [in these divorce papers] because they had no legal custody of their children from the start," said Koenig.
Although the legislation still exists today, "the royal family doesn't make a big deal of it," added Koenig. Don't expect Prince Charles to seriously override his sons' parenting decisions.
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