PRINCESS BEATRICE was due to marry Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in May, but was sadly unable to do so due to the coronavirus pandemic. But what is the real reason Beatrice may be envious of Princess Charlotte?
Princess Beatrice is ninth in line to the throne ahead of her sister Princess Eugenie and behind her father Prince Andrew. The royal princess is likely to inherit money, property and many valuables from her father one day – but one thing she will not inherit is a very special title. But why exactly might she be envious of her cousin’s only daughter Princess Charlotte?
Princess Beatrice, the eldest daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, has faced a number of challenges in the past year.
In November, Andrew decided to step back from royal work amid growing backlash and controversy surrounding his connection to convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
Despite stepping back from royal life, Prince Andrew has kept his royal titles such as his HRH title.
Andrew also still holds his royal dukedom which was given to him by the Queen upon his wedding to Sarah on July 23, 1986.
Princess Beatrice title snub: What is the reason why Beatrice will not inherit one title? (Image: GETTY)
Princess Beatrice title snub: Princess Bea was due to get married on May 29 (Image: GETTY)
Princess Beatrice has no official surname but uses the name of York from her father’s dukedom.
Her full title is Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice of York.
When she marries, she will retain her royal title, but she will have the option to take her husband’s surname and title.
There are several options for the Princess in terms of her title after marriage.
She may choose to add her husband’s name meaning she would become Princess Beatrice, Mrs Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi like her sister.
Bea could also opt to adopt a title on behalf of her husband to be as he is Italian nobility.
Bea’s fiance Edo is the son of Mr Alessandro Mapelli Mozzi, who is also an Italian Count.
Edoardo is known as Count Edoardo Alessandro Mapelli Mozzi, having inherited the title from his father and so upon marriage, Beatrice could choose to adopt the Countess title.
Princess Beatrice title snub: Princess Bea’s full title is HRH Princess Beatrice of York (Image: GETTY)
Princess Beatrice title snub: The Cambridge family have been quarantining in Norfolk (Image: PA)
But sadly for Princess Beatrice, she will never inherit Prince Andrew’s royal dukedom.
Therefore, despite her position, Princess Beatrice will never become the Duchess of York courtesy of an old-fashioned rule which remains in effect in the UK.
Traditionally, the eldest child of a titled person would inherit their titles upon their death, but due to a British law, this is not possible.
This law remains in effect in the UK today, despite calls to bring it to an end.
The male primogeniture rules has now been changed to benefit royals born after October 28, 2011.
The changes made in 2013 meant from this time the eldest child, regardless of sex, precedes his or her brothers and sisters.
Princess Charlotte has benefitted from this rule change, but sadly for Princess Beatrice, she is still unable to inherit her father’s dukedom upon his death.
Male primogeniture means hereditary peerages, such as dukedoms, can only be passed onto sons and not daughters.
Princess Beatrice title snub: Some rules of male primogeniture were changed in 2013 (Image: GETTY)
A campaign called Daughter’s Rights is attempting to put an end to all-male primogeniture rules in Britain.
The organisation’s goal is “to ensure that women have the same right as men to stand for election to the House of Lords”.
A bill to allow first-born daughters to inherit titles passed its first stage in March 2019.
But the bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session which means the Bill will make no further progress.
Unless this law is scrapped, Prince Andrew’s dukedom will pass onto the next eligible male royal.
This could potentially be Prince George or even Prince Louis.
The Letters Patent for the 1986 creation of the Dukedom of York says the title will be inherited by “heirs male of the body.”
As Prince Andrew has no sons, none of his children can inherit the royal title.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK