Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been open about their desire to start a family in the near future but thanks to a bizarre royal rule, the couple won't have full custody over their own children.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got married in May and ever since people have been wondering when the royal couple will start a family.
Big brother Prince William welcomed his third child with wife Catherine Middleton in April, just before the royal wedding, and Prince Harry’s cousin Zara Tindall welcomed her second child in June.
Although Prince Harry and Meghan Markle confirmed in their engagement interview that children were definitely on the cards, nearly three months on since they said ‘I Do’ and there appears to be no baby news.
But, if and when the couple do have their own children, there is an interesting royal rule you probably didn’t know about that means the couple won’t have full custody of their own children.
According to a royal expert who has spoken to The Sun Online, the Royal Family have an agreement whereby the Queen has full legal custody over all minor royals.
This also means that Catherine and William do not have full legal custody over Prince George, Princess Charlotte or little Prince Louis.
Internationally recognised royal expert Marlene Koenig explained, “The sovereign has legal custody of the minor grandchildren. Legislation passed during the reign of George I. It was known as The Grand Opinion for the Prerogative Concerning the Royal Family and it was about the King’s control over the education, the raising and the marriage of his grandchildren.”
She continued, “He did it because he had a very poor relationship with his son, the future King George II, so they had this law passed that meant the King was the guardian of his grandchildren.”
Even when the Queen dies, Catherine and William will not gain legal custody of their children and neither will Prince Harry or Meghan if they have children by then.