PRINCESS BEATRICE is ninth in line to the throne but an outdated law means she will not inherit her father Prince Andrew’s royal title
Princess Beatrice, 31, is the eldest child of Prince Andrew, 60, and his first wife Sarah Ferguson, 60. As well as being a Prince, Andrew is also the Duke of York, a title bestowed upon him by his mother Queen Elizabeth II on his wedding day on July 23, 1986.
While it may seem logical for Princess Beatrice to inherit her father’s dukedom upon his death, this will not be possible because of UK law.
Male primogeniture means hereditary peerages, such as dukedoms, can only be passed onto sons and not daughters.
This discriminatory law still exists in the UK, despite calls to change it.
As things currently stand Princess Beatrice will never be the Duchess of York unless male primogeniture is done away with.
Princess Beatrice snub: Shocking reason Beatrice won’t inherit Prince Andrew’s royal title (Image: GETTY)
Princess Beatrice snub: Peerages can only be passed onto sons and not daughters (Image: GETTY)
A campaign called Daughter’s Rights is working to put an end to male primogeniture in Britain.
Daughter’s Rights founder Campaigner Charlotte Carew Pole explained there is a case in the European Court of Human Rights challenging the Government because only sons can inherit titles.
Ms Carew Pole told Express.co.uk: “It’s hard to see how the Government can continue to object, it’s keeping enough pressure on them to see that it’s a matter that won’t go away.”
She added: “More than anything if we could bring this to an end it sends a very simple but powerful message that nowhere is it OK to treat girls differently, with less importance, than sons.”
Princess Beatrice snub: Princess Beatrice (right) is Andrew’s eldest daughter but won’t inherit his title (Image: GETTY)
Ms Carew Pole believes “prejudice against girls” should not be permitted in any sector of society, regardless of royal status.
She said: “It doesn’t matter where you are in society, whether you’re a princess is beside the point, prejudice against girls in favour of boys shouldn’t be allowed.
“It is hugely symbolic legislation but Parliament must do as it says and end the last state-sanctioned gender discrimination.”
However, unless this ‘state-sanctioned discrimination’ is scrapped Prince Andrew’s peerage will pass to the next eligible male royal, possibly Prince Louis, two.
The rules of inheritance for a British dukedom are laid down in Letters Patent when the dukedom is created.
The Letters Patent for the 1986 creation of the Dukedom of York says the title will be inherited by ‘heirs male of the body’.
The Dukedom of York currently belongs to the second son of the monarch and whether it is passed on depends on who is on the throne when Prince Andrew dies.
If Prince William is king when Prince Andrew dies, he may decide to make the title extinct or it could pass to William’s second son Prince Louis.
Princess Beatrice snub: The dukedom of York could fall out of use following Prince Andrew’s death (Image: Getty)
Addressing the question of who Prince Andrew’s title may pass to, one Quota user wrote: “The Dukedom of York will be inherited by the oldest legitimate son of the current duke.
“Of course, the current duke has no sons, so unless that situation changes, the title will go extinct and will be available for the monarch at the time to recreate and confer on whoever they want.
“Of course, the title is usually given to the second son of the monarch, so we would need to know who the monarch will be at the time.
“Given that Prince Andrew is twelve years younger than Prince Charles, it seems likely that when Prince Andrew dies and the dukedom becomes available, Prince Charles will have already died and Prince William will be the king.
“Prince William’s second son is Prince Louis, so he will be a prime candidate to get the dukedom.
“But isn’t it be nice to consider the possibility that, in the thirty or so years before then, the amount of sexism in the British Peerage will have fallen to the extent that Princess Charlotte, as the second child of the monarch, could be the first woman to be created Duchess of York in her own right?”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK