" I'm not suggesting that this necessarily makes him into the DE JURE king of England or Scotland." - well, actually, Jane, you did.
"The fact of the matter is that according to the order of male-preference primogeniture (which evolved into the succession order, according to English common law)":
The English succession has been punctuated by usurpations so regularly that this is a platitude that does not withstand scrutiny, viz Matilda/Stephan, John (remember the Barons offering the throne to French prince), Henry IV, Edward IV, Richard III, Henry VII, Charles I, James II.
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