Royal laws of succession were changed to become gender neutral in 2013, with Princess Charlotte becoming the first member of the Royal Family to keep her place in the line of succession despite the birth of Prince Louis.
The royal pair wed in May (18) following a three-month engagement and rumours have been rife that children won’t be too far behind. But the newlyweds have had to accept that any daughters born to them won’t inherit the dukedom, with the title instead falling to their firstborn son irrespective of age.
And the title will die out completely if the couple have only girls.
But the rules of peerage, which refer to the legal system concerning both hereditary and lifetime titles in the U.K., have not changed, meaning male heirs inherit the title rather than daughters.
It will come as a serious blow for former Suits actress Meghan, who has long championed women’s rights and recently declared in a biography published on the monarchy’s official website: “I am proud to be a woman and a feminist.”
Meanwhile, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are reportedly returning over $9 million (£7 million) worth of wedding gifts in accordance with royal guidelines.
The smitten couple received an influx of gifts following their nuptials in Windsor, England, but have been advised not accept any gifts given for commercial purposes, such as clothing that the Duchess might wear and that a brand might profit from.
“Gifts offered by private individuals living in the UK not personally known to the Member of the Royal Family should be refused where there are concerns about the propriety or motives of the donor or the gift itself,” said a statement from Kensington Palace, published by the Independent.