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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureRoyalty · 2 months ago

Would it have been acceptable to the public for Prince William to have married his 1st cousin Princess Beatrice?

Just as Queen Victoria married her 1st cousin Prince Albert? 

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  • Foofa
    Lv 7
    2 months ago
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    Probably not. This family descends from Queen Victoria and has seen first hand the devastation of consanguinity. My guess is that somewhere along the line they've gotten some genetic counseling to make sure they don't continue the spread of conditions like the hemophilia that changed so many futures. 

  • F
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    You could in theory have around 1 billion 11th cousins and that’s assuming each generation had 3 children that survived to breed.

    So given there was less immigration in the past and less mixing of races etc, William and  Kate‘s billion would be nearly entirely White British descent, ie North America , Australasia, parts of Europe and commonwealth, so virtually anyone.

    Having said that, as royal with their in breeding it’s probably more like 500.

  • Rico
    Lv 5
    1 month ago

    What the public considers acceptable as a genuine love match is irrelevant. Queen Victoria would not have proposed to Albert if she had not been in love

     with him

  • Clo
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Times have changed. While there are no laws that prohibit such a marriage in the UK, it likely would not happen because people's opinions for first cousin marriage have changed.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Monarchists try to say what many here have said - that first cousin marriages are acceptable today in first-world countries. That’s just a lame attempt to try to justify the inbreeding that has occurred in the royals. Marrying and having children with a first cousin is NOT as accepted today in first-world countries. 

  • 2 months ago

    Not really, imagine the children!

  • ?
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    There is no law against first cousin marriages in the UK.   However, given how close the Royal Family marriages had become, I think a marriage like that would have been 'discouraged'    Always assuming either wanted to marry the other, which clearly wasn't the case.

    Re William's current marriage -

    "Catherine and Prince William's closest common ancestors are Sir William Blakiston of Gibside and his wife Jane Lambton, making them eleventh cousins once removed, These findings echo Christopher Challender Child's research, published in 2011."  Wik.

    If you do a search, it will all be explained.    If many of us goes back behind our current bloodlines, it will be found we are distantly related.

  • 2 months ago

    Sure. Only some Americans have problems with first cousins marrying.  In the rest of the world (and, even in parts of the USA), it is fine.

  • 2 months ago

    First cousin marriage is the most common form of marriage around the world. If first cousin marriage is taboo, second cousin marriage is the most common.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Yes it would have been acceptable and there is no law against it. The Queen would need to approve, but as she married her second/third cousin, no reason to suppose she would not. There is plenty of royal precedent including William III and Mary II. As it happens Prince William did marry his cousin, the Duchess of Cambridge is his 11th cousin, once removed.

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