Old law stops Lilibet and Charlotte inheriting peerages from William and Harry

Prince George and Archie will inherit peerages as part of their royal birthrights, but Lilibet and Charlotte won't.

Due to the law of male primogeniture, which still exists in Britain, Lilibet and Charlotte won't be in line to inherit their royal birthright as the law means that hereditary peerages only pass down the male line of the family.

The two royal children will be left without but their siblings will get a chance to inherit them.

This means that Lilibet Diana won't inherit her father's dukedom but Archie will.

Constitutional expert Ian MacMarthanne explained that the two royals, Lilibet and Charlotte, will be left without, the Express reports.

He told the Express: "Archie will on the death of his father become Duke of Sussex.

"Presently he is at liberty by convention to be called Earl of Dumbarton being his fathers senior subsidiary titles"

He also added: "At that moment, by law, Archie will become, whether he chooses to be or not, HRH Prince Archie of Sussex for life.

"At his death, the HRH dies too, he can pass on to any male heir the title Duke of Sussex, but not HRH or Prince. This comes from George V’s letters patent of 1917 regulating the HRH."

Meanwhile, as heir to the throne, Prince George will automatically become the Duke of Cornwall when William becomes king.

His sister Princess Charlotte, however, is unlikely to inherit a Duchess title unless she is granted one by the presiding monarch upon her marriage.

Unless British law is changed to allow women to inherit hereditary titles then they will bypass both Lilibet and Princess Charlotte on the basis of their gender.

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