Royal shock: The one rule that could see William and George lose claim to throne.
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Royal shock: The one rule that could see William and George lose claim to throne.


Royal shock: The one rule that could see William
and George lose claim to throne. A SHOCKING rule in the royal line of succession
could see royal family members including Prince William and Prince George lose their claim
to the British throne. Here�s how. Prince William is second in line to the throne,
being the son of Prince Charles and grandson of the current monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. Third in line is the Duke of Cambridge�s
firstborn son Prince George, aged just six. That means at some point, both of them are
expected to ascend to the throne. However, there is one rule laid out in the
laws of succession to the British throne that could see William and George – and other royals
– lose their claim to it. The succession to the throne is regulated
not only through descent, but also by Parliamentary statute. The basis for the succession was determined
in the constitutional developments of the seventeenth century, which culminated in the
Bill of Rights (1689) and the Act of Settlement (1701). Under the two acts, it states that a �Roman
Catholic is specifically excluded from succession to the throne�. This is because the royals are members of
the Church of England, which is a Protestant Anglican church. The Royal Family has been a part of this religion
since the 16th century. That means if either Prince William or Prince
George would turn their back on this exact christian belief, they would lose their claim
to the throne. The controversial rule is laid out on the
Royal Family�s website and reads: �The Act laid down that only Protestant descendants
of Princess Sophia – the Electress of Hanover and granddaughter of James I – are eligible
to succeed. Subsequent Acts have confirmed this. �Parliament, under the Bill of Rights and
the Act of Settlement, also laid down various conditions which the Sovereign must meet. �A Roman Catholic is specifically excluded
from succession to the throne. �The Sovereign must, in addition, be in
communion with the Church of England and must swear to preserve the established Church of
England and the established Church of Scotland. �The Sovereign must also promise to uphold
the Protestant succession.� However, members of the Royal Family would
be allowed to marry Roman Catholics without being disqualified. The Succession of the Crown Act came into
force in 2013 and ended the generations-old disqualification to the throne. The law reads: �The Act ended the provisions
by which those who marry Roman Catholics are disqualified from the line of succession.� Speaking to Express.co.uk, royal historian
Richard Fitzwilliams explained: �This meant that though a monarch could marry a Catholic,
as he or she was Supreme Governor of the Church in England they must remain in Communion with
the Church of England. �Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince
Louis could marry a Catholic but their children would have to be brought up in the Church
of England if they were to retain their place in the line of succession.� These changes came into force in all sixteen
Realms in March 2015.

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