According to royal expert Marlene Koenig, Queen Elizabeth has legal custody over her grandchildren as long as they’re minors. (Take a moment to process.)
So why on earth did Her Majesty lay claim to the guardianship of Prince William, Prince Harry, et al. when they were underage? Well, it all dates back to a 300-year-old rule that no one has bothered changing.
Koenig explained to Australia’s News that, “This goes back to King George I [who reigned in the early 1700s], and the law’s never been changed. 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.”
Although Koenig didn’t say anything specifically about great-grandchildren, New
Suddenly, our family looks so much less complicated.