So … before anyone starts to freak out, Kate Middleton is NOT pregnant … well, that we know of. But a new push is being made in the rules that govern the British Monarchy that would allow the first born daughter of Prince William and Kate Middleton to become queen even if the couple give birth to a son as their second child. Now, all of this is dependent on 1.) Kate getting pregs and 2.) she giving birth to a girl. BUT, if British Prime Minister David Cameron has his way, the rules of royal succession would be changed so that IF Wills and Kate have a baby girl first, then she would be eligible to be queen rather than having to defer to a second born brother.
With The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge already in the loop, plans are afoot by Prime Minister David Cameron’s government to change existing rules so that if the couple have a baby girl, she can one day claim the crown and be queen. As current law stands, if William and Kate’s first child is a daughter but their second is a son, the boy would inherit the throne. Cameron is hoping to change this and other ancient rules in order to bring the monarchy up to date. He has already written the governments in the Commonwealth of countries with Queen Elizabeth, 85, as their monarch. The rule change would have to be ratified by all of them. “We espouse gender equality in all other aspects of life, and it is an anomaly that in the rules relating to the highest public officer we continue to enshrine male superiority,” Cameron wrote. He also proposes lifting the ban on anyone marrying a Catholic succeeding to the throne, and is reportedly suggesting that only the first six in line to the throne need to get permission from the reigning monarch to wed. The Palace had no formal comment.
I have to say, I am fascinated by this kind of thing. The rules of royal succession fascinate me … but, yes, many of them are archaic. It makes NO sense for a male heir to rule over a female heir just because he is male. IMHO, the first born child should be the royal heir. Now, I’m not saying that I personally would like to be ruled over by a monarch (because I believe the US democratic process is the best ruling government in the world) but I can’t help but be intrigued by this kind of thing. I’m certain attention will be totally fixed on Kate Middleton’s baby bump if she gets pregs … everyone’s gonna wanna know if their first born child will be a girl or a boy. I, for one, would love for Wills and Kate to have twin girls … WHO WILL BATTLE ONE ANOTHER FOR THE CROWN! Now that would be awesome.