Prince Charles said Harry and Meghan’s shock announcement has resulted in many questions regarding the future of their son.
A 300-year-old royal prerogative means that the ruling monarch (Prince Charles in future) is believed to have automatic custody of all the minor grandchildren.
However, it is not an Act of Parliament. Since Queen Elizabeth is baby Archie’s great-grandmother, this royal right is not valid. Prince Charles, who is baby Archie’s grandfather could have custody over Archie once he becomes monarch. This is based on the fact regarding the ruling sovereign’s right to veto the line of succession.
But, only for the first six heirs to the throne. Baby Archie falls under the first six heirs once Prince Charles becomes monarch. So Prince Charles could actually have custody over Archie.
Well, for the current time being, Duke and Duchess of Sussexes, Harry and Meghan have full custody of Archie. At least as long as Queen Elizabeth rules unless the royal prerogative is adapted into an Act of Parliament.
The Royal UK reported that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle took to Instagram to announce their decision.
The couple is expected to “work to become financially independent”. This lead to the question of whether they are renouncing their titles and public funds? This would at least no public funds for them.
Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, was inquired as to whether she would “miss Harry and Meghan” since they had left the nation. Clearly, it was visible that Camilla was unprepared for the question and paused before she started to walk away. However, she then replied “hmmm, of course” as she made her way out the door.
The couple wants to follow Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie’s footsteps of having independent jobs but retaining their titles as princesses.