Under a longstanding agreement among the Royal Family, the Queen has full legal custody over all minor royals.
This means that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will not have full custody of their offspring.
This also means that the Queen has full legal custody over Prince George, Prince Charlotte and Prince Louis - the young children of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
“The sovereign has legal custody of the minor grandchildren," claimed royal expert Marlene Koenig. “Legislation passed during the reign of George I. It was known as The Grand Opinion for the Prerogative Concerning the Royal Family and it was about the King’s control over the education, the raising and the marriage of his grandchildren."
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Koenig said that King George I passed this piece of legislation because he had a very poor relationship with his son, the future King George II. Through this law, the King became the legal guardian of his grandchildren.
The ancient law dates back over 300 years to 1717 when the monarch’s “right of supervision extended to his grandchildren and this right of right belongs to His Majesty, King of the Realm, even during their father’s lifetime”.
Under this law, today's royal minors would be passed onto Prince Charles when the Queen dies.
Koenig claimed that that the law remains in effect and is even affecting the way royals parent their children.
“When Harry was an infant, Charles asked the Queen if he and Diana could travel with both kids to Scotland (on a plane). The Queen said yes. Later, as Harry got older, he would fly with parents, and William would travel separately. Technically, they needed permission for travel. The Queen has the last word on parenting decisions like that,” she said.
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This law was allegedly also the reason why Princess Diana was not able to fly to Australia with her children before her death.
Because of this law, Prince Charles also had to seek permission for a teenage Prince William to go to holiday camp in America in the 1990s.
When Princess Diana and Prince Charles divorced, the actual custody of their children was not dealt with because of the law.
“Charles and Diana each saw their sons about 40 days a year after the separation. Charles and Diana certainly talked to the queen about their kids’ education. The Queen was unlikely to push her views. She would respect the parents’ wishes,” Koenig said.
December 30, 2018