Royal Succession Laws to Be Rushed Out for Kate Middleton and Prince William's Baby

New laws to ensure the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's baby accedes to the throne even if it's a girl will be rushed out within two weeks and signed off by the British parliament in two days
Royal Succession Laws to Be Rushed Out for Kate Middleton and Prince William's Baby
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

New laws to ensure that Kate Middleton and Prince William's baby accedes to the throne even if it's a girl will be rushed out within two weeks.

The royal couple are currently expecting their first child together and the British government are keen to get the succession laws - which currently see a male child take preference over any female siblings regardless of age - changed before he or she arrives.

Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg is preparing a bill of only around six clauses that will be allocated a few hours for debate in the Commons and Lords before being passed.

According to the Evening Standard newspaper, MPs have been invited to a meeting next week with Cabinet Office minister Chloe Smith who is expected to brief them on the plans.

The news comes after reports William's father, Prince Charles - the next in line to the throne - had voiced serious concern about the "rushed" plans to change the ancient laws that govern the royal line of succession.

He is said to have told friends that abolishing a law that bars the heir from marrying a Roman Catholic could have "unintended consequences".

Labour MP Keith Vaz - who first introduced a Bill to abolish the law of primogeniture that gives a boy priority in succession - said the government should make sure Charles was reassured.

He said: "It is very important that his concerns are addressed before the new bill comes before the house. Any concerns he still has need to be resolved as soon as possible."

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