Will the rules of succession be altered when Prince William and Kate finally start a family?
In light of William and Kate’s upcoming marriage, and with the knowledge they intend to start a family soon, the British Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Cleg, is looking to revise an outdated 300-year-old law that would give a male child in the family precedence to the throne, even if he has an older female sibling.
“Mr. Clegg, who is responsible for constitutional reform within the Government, is seeking to change this so that in future the line of succession is determined without regard to sex,” reports the Telegraph.
“It is worth looking at, but it is complex and it will require some careful thought with other countries which will be affected as well…” Mr. Clegg said to the Mail. “I think it is worth thinking about, I think it is worth talking about. It is worth looking at what other countries that would be affected also feel on the subject,”
Prime Minister David Cameron is said not to be ecstatic about the possibility of the change because of the complications involved.
“The Prime Minister is said to believe that to achieve this would be complex and time-consuming at a time when the Government’s full attention should be on tackling the deficit and enacting the Coalition agenda,” says the Telegraph.
The Mail says it is believed Mr. Clegg has “already raised the issue at Privy Council and reportedly has Queen’s consent if the change is the will of the people.”