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Royal Inheritance Rules

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Royal Inheritance Rules

A rule the rebel Royals won't be able to break... just yet.

Royal Inheritance Rules

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s daughter’s will not inherit their parent’s titles according to current royal laws.  If the happy couple were to have daughters before a son, their son would inherit their title over their daughters. In fact, if the couple only have daughters, their title will die out.

The royal laws of succession were changed to become gender-neutral in 2013, which meant Princess Charlotte could retail her place in the line of succession despite the recent birth of brother Louis. However, priority within the peerage system is still given to male heirs.

When the 10th Baron Braybrooke died last year with no male heir, none of his eight daughters could inherit the title, or the 6,000-acre Audley Estate in Essex. It went to a fourth cousin once removed who owed his claim to an ancestor born in 1750.

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The Duchess of Sussex has publicly supported woman’s rights throughout her career. Speaking at the UN onInternational Woman’s Day in 2015, the Duchess stated she was ‘proud to be a woman and a feminist’. Markle has dedicated her royal work to a ‘lifelong commitment to causes such as social justice and women’s empowerment.’  

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