HRH The Prince of Wales is supportive of the succession changes to give girls an equal right to the throne and to include those who marry Catholics to stay in the line. He does, however, have unanswered questions about how the change for those who marry Roman Catholics will be implemented. Currently, the monarch also serves as head of the Church of England and is barred from marrying a Catholic. The Prince is concerned that should some who stands to inherit the throne marry a Catholic and presumably have children, that those children could then be raised in the Catholic faith. If such a situation arises, the Prince is concerned that the government isn’t planning for what would then happen said child ends up in line to become the head of the Church of England. The Daily Mail reported that Charles was told the issue could be resolved by negotiations with the Vatican but he said the discussion was "unsatisfactory and unconvincing".
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is currently in charge of getting the changes moved through Parliament. The new legislation which will end male primogeniture and allow heirs to the throne to marry Catholics was published last month. The bill will be voted on in the Commons as soon as parliamentary time allows, in plenty of time for the birth of TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first child.
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