Archie Harrison May Need Prince Charles’ Permission to Get Married Thanks to Royal Rules

Though he was born into the most famous royal family in the world, Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s son Archie Harrison is very removed from that life. The young heir is currently living with his parents in California following their dramatic exit from working royal duties in early 2020. There’s a chance they might return to London. But then again, maybe not.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were always determined to give Master Archie as close to a normal life as possible. They rejected a title for their son even though Queen Elizabeth would have given him one if asked.

Even as the Sussexes distance themselves from the British royal family, there are certain customs they can’t escape. That includes one rule which involves Archie’s future spouse.

Archie Harrison is still in the line of succession

Harry, Meghan and Archie
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and Archie Harrison | DOMINIC LIPINSKI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Prince Harry and Meghan may have quit their royal duties, but they did not fully exit the royal family with the move. The couple retains their titles and Prince Harry is still in line for the throne.

Because of this, Archie also has a place in the line of succession as Harry’s son. He is currently the seventh in line behind Harry, who is sixth. Once Prince Charles becomes king, Archie will automatically become a prince, Marie Claire reported. Then he can choose whether he wants that title once he turns 18.

Either way, he’ll be in line for the British throne.

His position as sixth means he’ll need the king’s permission to marry

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By the time Archie reaches a marriageable age, either Prince Charles or Prince William will most likely be king. Their moving up will also move Archie’s position. And anyone sixth in line to the throne or closer requires the reigning monarch’s position to get married.

“Prior to the Succession of the Crown Act 2013 all descendants of George II, under the terms of the Royal Marriages Act 1772, unless the issue of a princess who had married into a foreign royal family, had to obtain the sovereign’s permission to marry in order to retain their rights in succession,” constitutional expert Iain MacMarthanne told Express.

He continued: “Indeed, with this movement, as things presently stand, it might be anticipated that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son, should he marry, will have to seek the sovereign’s permission unless one of his three cousins marry and have children first, as he will be sixth in line when his grandfather is king.”

Archie could reject his royal rights and marry whoever he wants

The only way for Archie to marry a person the reigning monarch didn’t approve is to abdicate his claim to the throne, just like his ancestor did. King Edward VIII was forbidden from marrying the American divorcee Wallis Simpson. This caused him to abdicate the throne and marry Simpson in exile.

It was a dramatic move for a sitting king. However, the decision would be a bit less controversial from Archie, who likely won’t ever become king anyway.

It’ll be fascinating to see if the young heir gets closer to his British family or embraces his American side as a California resident. Time will tell!