Kate Middleton and Prince William raise three heirs – five-year-old Prince George, three-year-old Princess Charlotte and four-month-old Prince Louis. However, as it became known the other day, legally they are limited in custody of their children! Officially, the guardian is Queen Elizabeth II.
It’s all in the decree of King George I, which was signed back in the distant 1700’s. The monarch had tense relations with his son, the future King George II, because he decided to transfer the throne not to children, but immediately to his grandchildren (accordingly, he became their guardian). The British royal court still honors the law, despite its strangeness.
It is known that when Prince Charles becomes king, he will be the guardian of his grandchildren, including the children of Prince William and the future children of Prince Harry and Megan Markle.
Earlier we saw the law in action when Prince William and Prince Harry were young. So, Prince Charles was obliged to ask Her Majesty’s permission to travel to Scotland with him. In one such case, the queen did not give her consent – when Princess Diana asked to bring her sons to Australia shortly before her death.
The 300-year-old law is also the reason that child custody was not prescribed in the documents on the divorce of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, as well as Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson (they are the parents of Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenia).
In short, in the event that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge decide to go on vacation with the children, they will need to obtain permission from the Queen. And if the couple divorce, then officially none of them will not have access to the upbringing of children.
It is clear that these rules only act formally (sure, Prince William and Kate Middleton make their own decisions), so, perhaps, the law will soon be revised.
In its original text it is said that the guardian’s duties include conducting educational conversations, caring for education, housing for grandchildren, appointing governesses, as well as resolving issues related to marriage and divorce.