Prince Harry and Meghan Markle won’t have full custody of their children because of this royal rule

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have confirmed that they are expecting their first child, but thanks to a bizarre royal rule, the couple won't have full custody over their own children.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got married in May and the couple have finally confirmed that they are expecting their first child after months of speculation as to how soon ‘in the near future’ really meant…

Big brother Prince William welcomed his third child with wife Kate Middleton in April, just before the royal wedding, and Prince Harry’s cousin Zara Tindall welcomed her second child in June.

Now, five months on since they said ‘ I Do’ we finally have another royal baby to look forward to!

We already know that the couple’s children won’t have royal titles and we have good reason to believe that the latest announcement won’t be the couples only pregnancy news as Prince Harry has been clear about how many children he wants.

When Prince Harry and Meghan’s baby is born there is an interesting royal rule you probably didn’t know about that means the couple won’t have full custody of their own child or future children.

According to a royal expert who spoke to The Sun Online, the Royal Family have an agreement whereby the Queen has full legal custody over all minor royals.

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This also means that Kate and William do not have full legal custody over Prince George, Princess Charlotte or little Prince Louis.

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Internationally recognised royal expert Marlene Koenig explained: ‘The sovereign has legal custody of the minor grandchildren. Legislation passed during the reign of George I. It was known as The Grand Opinion for the Prerogative Concerning the Royal Family and it was about the King’s control over the education, the raising and the marriage of his grandchildren.’

She continued: ‘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.’

Even when the Queen dies, Kate and William will not gain legal custody of their children and neither will Prince Harry or Meghan.

Instead the legal custody would be passed on to Prince Charles, Harry and William’s father.