How Prince George Could Lose His Claim To The Throne

Prince George is next in line to the throne after his father, Prince William, but there is a controversial regulation that could ruin his chances of ever inheriting the crown. The rule is connected to the parliamentary statutes that help determine the line of succession, and this directive determines eligibility to the throne based on religion.

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How could Prince George lose his claim to the throne?

The laws of success are determined by two factors: descent and parliamentary statutes. As the oldest son of Prince William, who is second in line to the throne, George could never lose his right to the crown based on descent (unless he gave it up willingly in the form of abdication). The parliamentary statutes, however, are a different story.

These succession laws are featured in the Bill of Rights of 1689 and that Act of Settlement of 1701, both of which say that a person who is a Roman Catholic cannot be the King or Queen of England.

“Roman Catholic is specifically excluded from succession to the throne,” the acts state.

The royal family belongs to the Church of England, of which Queen Elizabeth is the acting head. The Church of England is linked to the Protestant Anglican Church. According to Express, the royal family has been members since the 1500s. Back then, the church enjoyed a lot more power and allegiances mattered. This is less of an issue today, which is why the rule has proven to be so controversial.

If Prince George decides to join the Catholic Church when he grows up, he would forfeit his right to the throne. He could, however, marry someone who is a Roman Catholic without it affecting his inheritance to the throne.

What are the chances that Prince George loses his claim?

Given the history of the royal family and Prince George’s upbringing, he is fully expected to stick with the Church of England. The chances of him becoming a Catholic are very slim, especially considering the consequences. The royal family is very serious about duty and have been loyal to the Church of England for hundreds of years.

After all, there is a reason that Queen Elizabeth is the figurehead of the organization. Her Majesty even revised the parliamentary statutes in 2015, which allowed the monarch to marry a Roman Catholic. William and Kate Middleton will likely raise Prince George with the teachings of the church, which will go a long way in influencing his decision on the religion front. That said, there is always a chance that George could become a Roman Catholic, but for now, the chances are small.

Prince George will receive a new title when William inherits the crown

Once Queen Elizabeth is gone, Prince Charles will become the King of England. After Charles is done, William will step up to the plate. When the day comes for William to ascend to the throne, all three of his children will receive new titles.

Prince George’s current title is His Royal Highness George of Cambridge, but once William is the King of England, George will be promoted to the Prince of Wales, just like his grandfather and father before him. George will also receive the title as the Duke of Cornwall. The only title he will not get is the Duke of Cambridge, which William retains once he is on the throne.

Once Prince George gets hitched, he will get a dukedom that will stay with him even after he takes the crown. As far as his siblings are concerned, they will each get new titles once William is king. Princess Charlotte will likely be granted the Princess Royal title, which is usually reserved for the oldest daughter in the family.

Prince Louis, meanwhile, will be given a dukedom after he exchanges vows. Like his uncle, Prince Harry, Louis will not get a special title once his dad is the King of England.

The royal family has not commented on the controversial rule that could ruin George’s chances of inheriting the crown. With two other descendants in line to the throne, it will be a long time before Prince George starts thinking about his claim to the throne, let alone making decisions in regard to his religion.