There's 1 Important Rule That Keeps Most Royals From Adopting Children

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Royals adopting dogs? Totally acceptable (and totally adorable). But what about royals adopting children? Before the news of Meghan Markle's pregnancy made headlines, there were rumors that Meghan and Prince Harry might consider adopting, given Meghan's age and the couple's philanthropic interests. Though no one in the British royal family is adopted or has ever adopted a child, would Meghan and Harry have been allowed to do so?

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It may go against the traditions of the British monarchy, but there is no law against a royal family member adopting a child. However, by law, the Act of Settlement states that succession to the throne is a blood descendant only. Adopted children are not given succession rights, because in order to occupy the throne, you must be a Protestant descendant of the Electress Sophia, the mother of
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