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Um, Queen Elizabeth Weirdly Has Custody over Her Grandchildren—Here’s Why
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If you thought mandatory panty hose and monopoly bans were among the strangest royal rules, prepare to be further perplexed.

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.”

Because the law was never overturned, Prince Charles had to ask the queen for permission on all things related to major parenting decisions and travel.

Although Koenig didn’t say anything specifically about great-grandchildren, News reports that these rules also extend to them. So Queen Liz may also maintain custodial rights over Prince GeorgePrincess CharlottePrince Louis and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s future children (should they decide to have any). Peoplehowever, disagrees on the great-grandchildren front. Regardless, unless Prince Charles puts the kibosh on this dusty old provocation when he becomes king, it seems he’ll gain guardianship of Kate Middleton and Prince William’s brood when he ascends the throne. 

Suddenly, our family looks so much less complicated.  

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