An interesting question here and one I don’t know the answer to. Imagine that Prince George does turn out to be gay, as the thought experiment from Prince William discusses. The wider world is going to discuss his taste in boyfriends just as it has gossiped about Princesses over the generations. But there becomes an interesting question – who becomes King after George?[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””] The Duke of Cambridge has said he worries about the pressures his children may face if in future they came out as gay or lesbian. Prince William said he would be “absolutely fine” if they did, but had concerns about the persecution they may face, admitting he had discussed the subject with his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge. [/perfectpullquote]
I don’t suggest this is a problem. Just that I’m not entirely sure that all the rules and laws about this sort of thing have been updated.
Same sex marriage is now a thing. Excellent.
Primogeniture is a thing for who gets to inherit the Throne. Excellent.
The legal position of children born into a same sex marriage. Well? That’s the bit I don’t know. More specifically, would a child born to a surrogate mother, and by law entirely and wholly regarded as the child of that same sex couple (obvs, talking about a male couple here) inherit a title if one or other of those legal parents had one?
The usual rules for the inheritance of British titles not including adoption as a method of passing them on – rules which can be different in other place, German aristocratic titles, to the extent that they still exist and still mean anything, can be passed on through adoption.
We actually had a case where a Viscount lost his courtesy title and then the main one because it turned out the father was Georgie Fame, not the aristocrat married to the mother at the time.
So, Prince George turns out to be gay. Marries a bloke. Nation rejoices etc. And children? By definition the provider of at least half the gametes isn’t going to be the person George is married to. So, who inherits?
No kids isn’t a problem, we’ve a list running to hundreds of who inherits in that event. But what exactly is, if there is any at all, the clash between surrogate motherhood and inheritance of a title or Royal position?
I strongly suspect that the accurate answer is the usual English one, we’ll deal with that if it ever comes to pass and how we do will depend largely on what people feel about the issue at the time. But do we know already?