Archie will have to abide by royal wedding rule when Charles is King – but Lilibet won’t

When charles become king


ARCHIE Mountbatten-Windsor hasn’t spent a lot of time with the Royal Family since he moved with his parents to the US in 2020. But the royal tot remains high in the line of succession to the throne, so he will likely remain bound by a royal marriage rule when he is older.



Archie Mountbatten-Windsor may not have a royal title, but he remains the great-grandson of the Queen and a grandson and nephew of two respective future Kings. As such, he is likely to be affected by a specific royal rule when he is older that his little sister Lilibet won’t need to pay heed to.


Archie and Lilibet

How will the Succession to the Crown Act affect Archie?

The Succession to the Crown Act (2013) was implemented to replace the system of male-preference primogeniture in the British monarchy, but it also included stipulations on royal marriages. According to Act, Archie will be required to ask the permission of the Sovereign if he decides to get married in the future, or he could lose his place in the line of succession.



The legislation stipulates that if a royal fails to seek the monarch’s permission then “the person and the person’s descendants from the marriage are disqualified from succeeding to the Crown”. As Prince Harry’s children, Archie and Lilibet are currently seventh and eighth in line to the throne respectively. But when Prince Charles is King, the next six people in the line of succession, as it currently stands, will be Prince William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, Prince Harry and Archie.

archie and lilibet


As seventh in line to the throne, Lilibet will be free to marry whomever she likes without obtaining her grandfather Charles or Uncle William’s permission beforehand. Rules regarding royal marriages have been in place for centuries, with the Royal Marriages Act of 1772 enabling royal marriages to be decreed void if they were seen to negatively affect the Royal House.


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