WITH the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding done and dusted, royal fans are anxiously awaiting the birth of their first child.
But while any new addition is sure to be exciting, a daughter of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be less well off than a son.
That’s because women can’t inherit peerages, meaning the three titles awarded to Harry and Meghan can only be passed down to their sons, PEOPLE reports.
On their wedding day, Queen Elizabeth made Harry and Meghan the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the Earl and Countess of Dumbarton, and Baron and Baroness Kilkeel.
The UK’s strict peerage laws dictate that only male relatives can inherit these titles, meaning Harry and Meghan’s daughters will only receive the non-hereditary honorary title of princess or lady.
The controversial law is sure to annoy a feminist Meghan, who is tipped to be putting women’s rights at the forefront of her work as a royal.
It could even prompt the same kind of legal revision made when Kate Middleton was pregnant with Prince George.
In 2013, changes were made to the Succession to the Crown Act ensuring birth order not gender dictated who became the next queen or king of the United Kingdom.
It means that Princess Charlotte, 3, is fourth in line to the throne, ahead of her younger brother Prince Louis, who was born in April.
Originally published as Why Meghan’s daughters won’t get titles