28.10.2021

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry won’t have custody of their future children

There’s been lots of talk about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle having kids (ready when you are, guys) ever since Harry said in an interview last year that they wanted to “start a family in the near future”.

And now that a certain MASSIVE wedding is out of the way, people are desperate for them to have a baby, which we already know is going to be ridiculously cute.

But while we don’t want to add pressure to Meghan (we imagine it’s pretty tough having the eyes of the entire world on your belly) there’s something she might want to know before bringing another royal baby into the world. Turns out there’s a 300-year-old law that means she and Harry wouldn’t actually have custody of their future children.

Say what? Well, thanks to a law passed by King George I in the early 1700s, the reigning sovereign holds legal custody of royal grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Apparently George I didn’t trust his son’s parenting skills back in 1717, but the law has never been changed so it still stands. The Queen has the final say over their upbringing, meaning Harry and Meghan will have to get her approval on major parenting decisions. The same goes for Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, too. So bizarre.

Just another royal rule for Meghan to get her head around. But if this hasn’t put her off and she and Harry do decide to start a family, what will the couple call the new arrival? The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have a lot more flexibility than William and Kate did, as their child probably won’t inherit the throne, and so they don’t necessarily have to use a royal name – and now experts are predicting what they’ll pick.

Pamela Redmond Satran, co-creator of baby name website Nameberry, has put Diana down as a top pick if the baby is a girl, as a tribute to Harry’s late mother.

“Diana is of course Harry’s mother’s name and the people’s top choice for Meghan and Harry’s daughter,” explains Pamela.

“William and Kate broke some royal ice when they used Diana for one of Princess Charlotte’s middle names, but Harry and Meghan could take that one step further by using Diana as a first name. Diana is the name of the Roman goddess of the moon and the hunt. Her Greek equivalent is Artemis, which might be an alternative choice.”

Other choices for a girl include Eleanor, as it’s already an iconic name in royal circles and American feminism, or Sophia – a name that perfectly bridges British and American culture.

If it’s a boy, Pamela thinks Meghan will lean towards Alvin, after her grandfather, Alvin Ragland.

This video of Princess Charlotte giving sass to the press is everything you need to see today

“Alvin was an antique dealer who left his house in Los Angeles to Meghan’s mom Doria,” explains Pamela.

Everybody thought that Kate and William’s son, Prince Louis, was going to be called Arthur, so there’s also the possibility that the royal name will take the top spot for Meghan and Harry.

James was also on the cards for Kate and Will’s kids, but Pamela explains that Meghan and Harry would be more likely to pick it.

Unfortunately for Meghan, even when the time comes, being a royal and living in a palace and having a wardrobe worth £750,000 doesn’t come without its drawbacks.

In accordance with royal protocol, the family adhere to a strict dress code, reportedly having to dress in ‘smart casual’ attire at all times. We already couldn’t hack it.

But not only that, the golden rule of the royal family is strictly no tracksuits.

Yep, that’s right. Meghan will have to say goodbye to leggings and opt for maternity dresses, just as Kate did right up to the birth of all three of her children.

She can definitely kick back in a tracksuit at home, so she doesn’t have to watch Netflix in a pencil skirt, but when out (and especially around the Queen), lazy-day-attire is totally off limits.

Thank God we can’t get a Prince to marry us…

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