Yes, I know he’s only five. Work with me here.
Let’s say it’s 2040. King Charles III (or whatever name he takes) has died, and King William V (or whatever name he takes) has been on the throne for a few years. Prince George, now 27, has been living quietly as a bachelor on some island in the Mediterranean, and the British public, with a wink and a nod, knows he’s gay but treats it as an open secret.
Then William V dies of [insert horrible disease here]. George is first in line to the throne, and centuries of tradition and law say the job of King is now his. But, he will never produce children.
So my questions are: would the fact that George will never produce children essentially force him to abdicate in favor of Queen Charlotte? Or would he assume the throne, reign, and die without heirs, giving the job to Charlotte? OR, would the Mountbatten-Windsors cover the whole thing up and basically force him to marry a woman and then tell him to put a bag over her head and force himself to perform for a few minutes in order to impregnate her and produce an heir?*
Your thoughts on this are appreciated.
*A fictional version of this scenario takes place in a certain popular book series that I shan’t name here, because spoilers. Basically a monarch is gay and it’s an open secret. His handlers force him to take a wife and tell him to bend her over and get the job done, whether he likes it or not.