Princess Beatrice will never inherit Prince Andrew’s royal title, thanks to an old fashioned law that remains in the UK.
- Prince Andrew is also the Duke of York, a title his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, gave him on his wedding day on July 23, 1986.
- Princess Beatrice is Andrew’s eldest daughter – but she won’t inherit his title when he dies.
- This follows royal news that Sarah Ferguson has given an insight into family life with Prince Andrew.
Prince Andrew, Duke of York is father to Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.
However, despite being ninth in line to the throne, Beatrice won’t ever become the Duchess of York.
Why won’t Princess Beatrice inherit Prince Andrew’s dukedom?
While it may seem logical, as Andrew’s eldest child, for Princess Beatrice to inherit her father’s title upon his death, this will not be possible because of UK law.
Male primogeniture means that hereditary peerages, such as dukedoms, can only be passed onto sons and not daughters.
This law still exists in the UK today, despite calls to change it.
A campaign called Daughter’s Rights is working to put an end to male primogeniture in Britain.
Unless this law is scrapped, Prince Andrew’s peerage will pass onto the next eligible male royal, which could possibly be Prince Louis.
The Letters Patent for the 1986 creation of the Dukedom of York says the title will be inherited by ‘heirs male of the body.’
As Prince Andrew has no sons, none of his children can inherit the royal title.
The Duchess of York appeared to confirm that she is in lockdown with Prince Andrew, Eugenie and Princess Beatrice.
She said, ‘When I talk about Prince Andrew, I talk about family because the last six months have been hard on the girls and me.’