A seriously archaic rule is to blame.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding is weeks behind us, which means fans and well-wishers around the globe are now hoping the newly minted royal duo will take the next step and bring the world a new royal baby.
This isn’t just us wishing for a new bundle of joy. In fact, the pair has been rather open about their desire to have children in the past. However, it’s a little sad to know that if Meghan and Harry have a girl one day, she won’t get as many perks as her potential brothers.
You see, when Harry and Meghan got married, the Queen bestowed upon them the title of Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Now, People reports, if they have sons the title can be passed on to them. If the couple only have daughters, however, the title will die out because of what is known as the “peerage rule.”
But these are the cool, millennial, feminist royals we’re talking about, not the royals of the past. In fact, rules just like this have been changed before.
In 2013, Prince William and his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, helped spearhead the Succession to the Crown Act, which changed the order of succession from male to male to birth order regardless of gender. This means that Princess Charlotte does not lose her place in line for the throne to her little brother, Prince Louis.
Harry and Meghan’s theoretical future children aren’t the only ones who have to deal with the peerage rule. As Elle explained, it also affects anyone with a title in the United Kingdom. And it’s not just about the title — in many cases it also involves the inheritance of land.
But, People reported, the Daughters’ Rights organization is working diligently to change these archaic rules. In 2015, the group helped put forth the Succession to the Peerage bill to Parliament. And though nothing has passed yet, we have a feeling Meghan’s presence could soon change all that.