This is the reason why Meghan Markle and Prince Harry won't have full custody of their children

This is the reason why Meghan Markle and Prince Harry won't have full custody of their children

We always knew that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's relationship was never a normal one. Despite the fact that he proposed in the most ordinary (but still adorable) way while the pair were roasting a chicken for dinner, everything about their romance has been the stuff of fairytales since.

They wed at a castle, arriving by horse-drawn carriages and leaving in style in a Jaguar E Type Concept Zero to the wedding reception. Following this, they've travelled near and far (though we still don't know where they honeymooned) and Meghan seems to be taking to life as a princess – err, i mean duchess – very well indeed.

But while that all might be very envy-inducing, it turns out that things could be getting a little more complicated when it comes to having kids. The newlyweds haven't announced any plans as of yet, but many are hoping that they'll be starting their own little family sometime soon.

However, it's been revealed that Harry and Meghan probably won't have full custody of their children.


Royal experts have shed light on an old custody tradition for the royal family which suggests that Queen Elizabeth would actually be the one to have full legal custody over "minor royals", a category the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's offspring would fall under.

"The sovereign has legal custody of the minor grandchildren," royal expert Marlene Koenig explained.

"This goes back to King George I, and the law’s never been changed. He did it because he had a very poor relationship with his son, the future King George II, so they had this law passed that meant the King was the guardian of his grandchildren."

So thanks to some daddy-son issues from 300 years ago, Meghan and Harry might not have legal custody over their own kids. Well, they've still got their trip to Australia, New Zealand and Fiji coming up, so I guess they've still got a bit of time to talk to Lizzy about potentially changing that rule.

Prince Harry did say in their engagement interview that he and Meghan were taking it "one step at a time", but also blurted out that he hoped "[they] will start a family in the near future".

And if Meghan's father has anything to say about it, it would seem that they're already trying. In an explosive interview he gave to the Daily Mail last month, Thomas Markle said they'd be having a baby "some time in the next year".

"What's sad is that some time in the next year Meghan and Harry will have a baby and I'll be a grandfather, and if we're not speaking I won't see my grandchild," he said. "How tragic is that, to deprive a child of its grandfather because I said a few things critical of the Royal Family?"

"Meghan was apparently upset with me for saying that she and Harry will probably have a baby soon.

But Meghan's been saying that herself for the past six or seven years, talking about how much she wants a family. Harry's been saying it too. That's fine."

With the strained relationship between Thomas and Meghan, I wouldn't be surprised if they make another custody rule for the royals...