They’re the doting hands-on parents who are raising their three young children to be well adjusted and happy. In the case of Princess Charlotte, they want her to be adorably sassy in the glare of the world’s spotlight.
But new reports have emerged that Kate Middleton and Prince William don’t have custody over their children. And most likely they never will.
We all are quite familiar that the British royal family are bounded by strict rules and exacting protocol. Recently it was revealed that by ancient rule means the legal custody of Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis is bestowed upon someone else.
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Who else but their grandmother, Queen Elizabeth.
The law was passed back in 1717. The ultimate say of the child’s upbringing taken away from the parents and lying with the monarch. This means the Queen has the final word in matters such as education, travel and even where the child should live.
The Queen has legal custody of any grandchildren, including any Prince Harry and Meghan Markle might have.
“The sovereign has legal custody of the minor grandchildren,” royal expert Marlene Koenig told The Royal UK.
“This goes back to King George I, and the law’s never been changed. He did it because he had a very poor relationship with his son, the future King George II. They had this law passed that meant the King was the guardian of his grandchildren.”
Despite this, experts say the Queen doesn’t have too much to do with the upbringing of her grandchildren, with the custodial role largely ceremonial. The role will be handed on to the next reigning monarch, and should it be Prince Charles, experts say the amount of interference in Prince William and Kate’s parenting style is unlikely to change.
“[Prince Charles is] very respectful of his son’s parenting,” added Marlene.