MEGHAN MARKLE, the Duchess of Sussex, and husband Prince Harry do not have full custody of their new son, a royal expert has revealed.
Expert Marlene Koenig has claimed that a royal quirk means the Queen actually has full legal custody of Archie. According to The Sun, there is an agreement with Her Majesty that means she is responsible for the care and charge of all royal family children. These include Archie’s cousins Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Princess Louis.
Ms Koenig said: "The sovereign has legal custody of the minor grandchildren. 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. He did it because he had a very poor relationship with his son, the future King George II, so they had this law passed that meant the King was the guardian of his grandchildren. When contacted, it was reported that Buckingham Palace declined to comment on the revelation".
Reports suggest that the law was first created in 1717 when the monarch’s right of supervision extended to his grandchildren.
In theory it would mean that when Prince Charles goes on to be King, he will inherit custody.
Ms Koenig argues that the law means the Queen even has to sign off on trips abroad for her great-grandchildren.
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