• George. The throne passes from eldest child to eldest child, EVEN if the next eldest child is dead. If he (or she) is, then the throne goes to his or her eldest child. Harry would inherit the throne only if William had never married and had children. When the eldest son of King Edward III died, he left a surviving son, named Richard. Richard's uncles could have tried to claim the throne on Edward III's death, because Richard was just a child, but they did not. They knew that Richard was the rightful heir under British Common Law and laws of succession in most countries. The UK adopted absolute primogeniture back in 2013, meaning that eldest child inherits regardless of sex. Previously, a girl could inherit only if she had no brothers. That's how Queen Elizabeth became queen. Still, she DID inherit the throne; it did not go to her father's next youngest brother.

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