Whenever Archie Harrison Mountbatten Windsor decides to marry, he could need royal consent.
Prince Harry and Meghan have a desire to raise Archie as a private citizen.
The couple has made no puzzle of their desire to guard their young son against the glare of public life. It was one of the major reason and key part of their decision to step back from the role of the senior member of the royal family. As part of their intention to give him as normal a life as possible, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have kept several aspects of Archie’s life quiet. They also chose not to give their son a royal title during his christening.
Although Archie is growing up without any royal title, he is still very much seventh in line to the British throne. He will also move up the line of succession when Prince Charles becomes king. Once his grandfather is the monarch of the United Kingdom, Archie will automatically become a prince. At the age of 18, he can determine whether or not he wants to use HRH.
Even if Archie decides against using his royal title, there is still a chance he will be subject to a royal law surrounding marriage.
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Speaking to Express.co.uk, Iain MacMarthanne explained: “Prior to the Succession of the Crown Act 2013 all descendants of George II, under the terms of the Royal Marriages Act 1772, unless the issue of a princess who had married into a foreign royal family, had to obtain the sovereign’s permission to marry in order to retain their rights in succession.
“The 2013 Act endeavoured to carry out various old and discriminatory legislation relating to the monarchy up to date. With the help of this Act, male primogeniture was abolished. It allowed the firstborn child irrespective of gender to become the heir apparent. The elimination from inheriting the throne by marrying a Catholic was removed, and the Royal Marriages Act of 1772 was repealed. It resulted in only the first six in line to the throne being required to obtain the sovereign’s permission.”
It’s expected then that, if Archie does decide to tie the knot one day, he must seek royal consent. However, “It can be expected that Harry and Meghan’s son, should he marry, will have to seek the sovereign’s permission unless one of his three cousins marry and have children first, as he will be sixth in line when his grandfather is king,” Iain concluded.
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