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Prince Michael of Kent

Queen Elizabeth's cousin and King George V's grandson, Prince Michael of Kent, was once 15th place in the line of succession, but in 1978, he gave up his place in order to marry Baroness Marie Christine von Reibnitz, a Catholic and a divorcée. However, following the passage of the Succession to the Crown Act of 2013, Prince Michael was reinstated in 2015, and both he and his children remain in the line of succession.

5 Young Royals (Other Than Harry and Meghan) Who Chose to Step Back From Their Duties

On Jan. 8, 2020, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle rocked Buckingham Palace when they announced that they would be stepping back as "senior" members of the royal family. The couple released a statement on the Sussex Royal Instagram account, as well as their official website, saying that they would divide their time between the UK and North America while focusing on their son, their new charitable endeavor, and their financial independence. As unprecedented as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's decision seems, they certainly aren't the first royals to step back from their duties. Read on to see six other royals who forfeited their titles for autonomy.


24 People Who Are Royally Living For Harry and Meghan's Decision to Step Down