The Duke and Duchess of Sussex may be proud feminists, but the rest of the monarchy still has some catching up to do!
It turns out the brand new titles Meghan Markle and Prince Harry received from the Queen on their wedding day can only be passed on to a future son.
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This means any daughters they might have will not inherit the Dukedom, and the title will die out completely if Harry and Meghan only have girls.
Of course, changes have been made before regarding male and female heirs. When Kate Middleton was pregnant with Prince George in 2013, the Succession to the Crown Act was passed, allowing Princess Charlotte to retain her place in the line of succession despite the birth of her younger brother Prince Louis.
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But the peerage is a much more complex boys club than the royal family — one that activist groups like The Daughters’ Rights organization has been campaigning to change for years.
When the 10th Baron Baybrooke died last year with no male heir, none of his eight daughters could inherit the title, or the 6,000-acre Audley Estate in Essex. It ended up going to a distant male cousin!
We hope Meghan personally plans on rocking the boat since her own future daughters will affected by this archaic legislation.
If only she knew some hot TV lawyers who could come up with a good legal argument…
[Image via Dutch Press Photo/WENN.]
Jun 04, 2018 14:08pm PDT