A daughter for Meghan could pressure Government to reform sexist hereditary rules

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But the Government has placed a major obstacle in her way by failing to back a move that would have meant first born daughters inheriting their parents’ titles. That means that if in the coming weeks Meghan Markle gives birth to a daughter the title of Earl of Dumbarton, bestowed on Prince Harry when they married, will not be passed on to their first child. As a self-proclaimed feminist the Duchess of Sussex would no doubt wish her children to enjoy the same benefits and opportunities as each other, regardless of gender. Under Britain’s unique hereditary laws the first born daughters of the nobility do not enjoy the same right as their first born sons to inherit their titles, which in some cases…

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