Kate Middleton and Prince William could face a tough dilemma when their children reach the age when they want to marry, due to a new legislation.
- The royal duo, who married in 2011, have three little ones – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
- Due to a new legislation that came into force in 2013, the parents could have to make a decision about their children’s partners – but perhaps not all of them.
- This follows royal news that royal fans thought there was another telltale sign Kate is expecting again during Pakistan royal tour.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have proved over and over again that they are loving and caring parents to their three adorable little ones.
Like any parents, we’re sure they have no favourites – which is why it might be awkward for them to have to make decisions over their children’s partners when they grown up, but not all of them.
This is due to the 2013 Act, which came into force in 2015, and means that the sovereign only has to give permission to marry to heirs that are sixth-in-line to the throne or above.
Before the change, any heir had to ask for permission, but the magic number was picked because the throne has never passed to anyone who was more than six steps away from the line of succession.
However, it also means that depending on whether Prince George or Princess Charlotte have kids by the time Prince Louis wants to marry – if he ever does – the youngest of the Cambridge brood might not require permission from his parents whereas his siblings did.
During the Committee Stage when the was being debated, MP Christopher Pincher said he didn’t think the new rules were fair.
He said, “Where did the number six come from? Why not three, five, or 12?”
“If we put in place a rule which says that the monarch can and must give consent to the marrying of the six persons nearest in line to the throne, 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.
“That does not seem fair.”
However, the same act is the one that made Princess the first ever female royal baby to come in front of her younger brother in the line of succession.