Royal expert Ingrid Seward has claimed Meghan Markle struggled to get her head around the royal line of succession, which left her husband of lesser importance than other family members. The commentator said the Duchess failed to grapple with the fact Prince William, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, and their three children were more important.
Ms Seward wrote in the Sun: “The only modern Prince who really cares where he is in the list, is probably Harry.
“It is not because he minds for himself.
“But his wife Meghan could not understand why, when she had married the future King’s second son, they were so much less important than William and Kate and their tribe of children.”
The British line of succession is the sequence of members of the Royal Family in the order in which they stand in line to the throne.
The lineage is regulated through descent and Parliamentary statute.
Prince Charles, 72, is currently first in line to the throne, as he is the Queen’s eldest son.
Next comes Prince William, 38, as he is the firstborn son of the Prince of Wales.
The Duke’s three children, Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, two, then follow.
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The Succession to the Crown Act applied to those born after October 28, 2011, and enabled Princess Charlotte to become fourth in line to the throne, ahead of her younger brother Prince Louis.
But as the amendment only affected those born after October 2011, other female members of the Royal Family remained behind their younger brothers.
For example, Princess Anne, 70, lies much further down the lineage, even behind her youngest sibling, Prince Edward, 56.
The Queen’s only daughter is 15th in line to the throne, while the Earl of Wessex is now 12th, due to the arrival of Princess Eugenie’s baby earlier this week.
Buckingham Palace announced the news of Princess Eugenie’s son on Tuesday and said in a statement: “Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie was safely delivered of a son today, 9th February 2021, at 0855hrs at The Portland Hospital. Jack Brooksbank was present. The baby weighs 8lbs 1oz.
“The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Duke of York, Sarah, Duchess of York, and Mr and Mrs George Brooksbank have been informed and are delighted with the news.
“This is Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s first child, The Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York’s first grandchild, and the ninth great-grandchild for The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.”