Royal rule means Prince Harry’s son Archie must ask permission to get married

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s young son Archie must follow royal protocol and stick to one strict rule when the day eventually arrives that he wants to get married.

Regardless of his mum and dad's decision to step aside from their royal duties, the little lad can't dodge an awkward conversation in the years ahead.

Archie will have to ask permission from the monarchy to say 'I do'.

Hopefully for the youngster, tensions will have settled down by the time he has to return to the UK and put his case across.

The Succession of the Crown Act rule means top royals must ask permission to wed.

But there is some good news for him – there's a way he can avoid the uncomfortable chat.

If one of his three cousins – Prince George, Princess Charlotte, or Prince Louis – were to marry and have children first, then Archie is free to do as he pleases.

He will no longer be sixth in line to the throne – and that means he doesn't need anyone's approval

Archie also would not have to gain royal permission if the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have a fourth child.

One royal expert has outlined the possible escape route.

"Should Archie marry, he will have to seek the sovereign’s permission unless one of his three cousins marry and have children first, as he will be sixth in line when his grandfather is king," the commentator said.

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His mother Meghan Markle is determined to make the world a better place for her son.

Meghan, speaking from her home in California, said: "Every single day I ask how can I make this better for him, how can I make this world better for Archie? And that is a shared belief between my husband and I.

"At the same time I am cautious of putting my family in a position of risk by certain things, and so I try to be rather very clear with what I say and to not make it controversial.

"But instead to talk about things that seem fairly straight forward – like exercising your right to vote."

She added: "As a parent I can enjoy all the fun and silliness and games with my son, but I wouldn't be able to feel proud of myself as a mom if I didn't know that I wasn't doing my part to make it a better place for him."

  • Meghan Markle
  • Prince George
  • Prince Harry
  • Princess Charlotte
  • Family
  • Archie Harrison Mountbatten Windsor

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