Big changes are coming to the Monarchy in Britain. The British government, along with all the Commonwealth Realms, are rushing new legislation through that will remove gender discrimination in the line of succession.
Previously, males are always the preferred sibling and they outrank woman, even if they’re younger. That will soon become a relic of the past. It’s a change they’re rushing through in time for the arrival of Will and Kate’s first child, which will obviously be affected by the new rules.
As can be expected – Prince Charles – himself next in line for the throne – has concerns and has made them known. He’s fine with the sex preference change.
However, he’s concerned with a few other minor changes. The new law will allow members of the Royal Family to marry a Catholic for the first time and also remove the requirement that they seek permission from the Queen to marry.
According to the Daily Mail, Charles is very worried that potential heirs to the throne would end up being Roman Catholic and thus barred from being crowned as the Monarch but also as head of the Church of England:
Church leaders have previously expressed concern that if a future heir to the throne married a Roman Catholic, their children would be required by canon law to be brought up in that faith.
Ultimately, that could lead to the constitutional nightmare of an heir to the throne, due to become the Supreme Governor of the Church of England, being a Catholic and therefore barred from being crowned.
According to the source, the Prince was told the situation could be resolved by negotiations with the Vatican if it arose – a response he is said to have found ‘unsatisfactory and unconvincing’.
He also raised questions about the potential impact of changing the rules of Royal succession for other titles that are currently passed down the male line. Already, several senior figures have raised the prospect of changing peerage law so that female heirs can succeed to the hereditary peerage.
In the end, they don’t have to listen to Charles’s concerns – right now at least and to some extent not even on the day he becomes King. I find the minutiae of all this very fascinating and I look forward to seeing how it all plays out.