British royal family: why the order of succession has never been so upset as in 2021

If Meghan and Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey did not fail to put the royal family in the spotlight – at least even more than usual – another event manifested itself at the start of this year. year, namely the usual change in the order of succession. The latter occurs naturally when there is a death or a birth among the descendants of the throne, and this year 2021 is already particularly marked by the arrival of royal babies in the family. Indeed, Princess Eugenie, daughter of Prince Andrew and Zara Tindall, daughter of Princess Anne, have both welcomed a baby in recent weeks. What does this change? The grandson of Prince Andrew, born last February, therefore takes the eleventh position and shifts his great-uncle, Prince Edward (the youngest of the children of Elizabeth II) to twelfth place. This royal baby also shifts Princess Anne, as well as all her descendants (two children and five grandchildren) by one place. As a reminder, if Anne is older than her brother Edward, he nevertheless places himself in front of her in the order of succession because of the rule of primogeniture with male preference (in the same siblings, men always have priority over their sisters) which applied until 2011. That year, the queen, possibly in prevention of future children of Kate and William (George was born in 2013), changed the rule to favor age rather than sex in the estate .

A new change planned for this summer

Indeed, to these two royal babies will be added the daughter of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, who should point the tip of her nose this summer. His brother, Archie, is currently seventh in the order of succession. At birth, the little one should therefore take eighth place, so far occupied by Prince Andrew.

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