Royal snub: The TWO royal women who lost out due to ancient rule


ROYAL life comes with certain privileges, but some royals have lost out on certain rights courtesy of an ancient law.

Royals are able to live a life of prestige surrounded by luxury, but not all royals are treated the same. In fact, due to an ancient rule particular members of the Royal Family are denied certain rights which have changed for the younger royals. But how exactly have five female members of the Royal Family been snubbed by particular ancient rules?

For hundreds of years, males have been placed before women in the line of succession to the British throne.

This has meant all brothers have been placed before their sisters in line for the crown.

The rule of male primogeniture was reformed in 2013 meaning all royal women born after October 28, 2011, are no longer automatically placed behind their male brothers.

The following royals have been affected by this rule:

  • Princess Anne
  • Lady Louise Windsor.

Royal snub: Which ancient rules has taken rights away from royal women? (Image: GETTY)

Royal snub: The line of succession to the British throne (Image: EXPRESS.CO.UK)

Princess Anne is the Queen and Prince Philip’s second oldest child.

She is 14th in line to the throne, behind all of her brothers, including Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, who are both younger than her.

Anne is also behind each of the children of her brothers.

Lady Louise Windsor has also lost out due to this ancient rule.

Her brother James Viscount Severn, aged 12, is 12th in the line of succession, while the 16-year-old is 13th in line to the throne.

Royal snub: Royal women

Royal snub: These three royals only have sisters but are old enough for the old rule to count (Image: GETTY)

Princess Charlotte made history when she became the first royal female to be born after the British rules of succession were modernised in 2011 to benefit from the reform.

This means Charlotte is the first female royal to be ahead of her younger brother Prince Louis in the line of succession.

She is fourth in line to the throne, while her younger brother Prince Louis is fifth in line.

Before Charlotte was born, there were three other royal women who could potentially have lost out due to this ancient law.

Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie and Savannah Phillips could all have potentially been placed behind brothers in the line of succession.

However, none of these members of the Royal Family have brothers and therefore keep their position ahead of younger siblings.

But sadly for Beatrice and Eugenie, they still lose out due to rules of male primogeniture.

Royal snub: Family tree

Royal snub: The Royal Family tree (Image: EXPRESS.CO.UK)

Royal snub: Cambridges

Royal snub: The Cambridge family were the first to see a sister rank higher than her younger brother (Image: GETTY)

Despite her position as the eldest child of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Princess Beatrice will never become the Duchess of York.

Traditionally, the eldest child of a titled person would inherit their titles upon their death, but because of these ancient rules, it is not possible for Bea to inherit Andrew’s title.

Male primogeniture means that hereditary peerages, such as dukedoms, can only be passed onto sons and not daughters.

This does mean that while Princess Charlotte has benefitted from this rule change in terms of the line of succession, she is technically still unable to inherit the dukedom of Cambridge.

Princess Charlotte is not the only royal to have benefitted from this rule change.

The following great-granddaughter’s of the Queen are young enough to rank higher than any younger brothers:

  • Mia Tindall
  • Lena Tindall
  • Isla Phillips.

However, all of the above royals do not have brothers and therefore the reformed rule has not been put into practice.


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