To all appearances, Prince William and his new bride have been enjoying married bliss at their temporary living quarters - which until yesterday were shared with William’s younger brother Prince Harry - in Clarence House in London.
But there may be a worm in the apple. Palace insiders say the younger Prince has been insisting on the ancient medieval custom of “droit de frère.” Droit de frère gives a Prince the right to claim one night of “amatory access” unto his royal brother’s new wife. Many scholars of heraldry believe that the legend “Dieu et Mon Droit” on the British royal coat of arms, actually refers to this right. The custom originated in the Dark Ages and was in wide usage until the 19th century throughout Europe’s royal families - which could well be why European royalty spent so much of their time poisoning, disemboweling or castrating their male siblings.
The younger Prince may also be motivated by the increasing resemblance of his on-again, off-again girlfriend Chelsy Davy to his stepmother Camilla Parker-Bowles. The Princess of Wales’ own increasingly resemblance, despite extensive plastic surgery, to her favorite filly, Dashing Withers, is common knowledge.
To the surprise of some at Buckingham Palace, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge has not slammed the door to Harry claiming his ‘droit de frère’. She and her brother in law have already been spotted around town apparently exploring the possibility. The Duchess has frequently said that she’s anxious not to repeat Diana’s mistakes and wants to comply with royal custom, wherever feasible. “Besides” she recently confided to a close friend: “That old joke about a ruler being 12 inches? That’s all it is. A bloody joke.”