PRINCESS CHARLOTTE’S future could echo the life of her great aunt, Princess Margaret, because of this royal rule.
The second child of Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte is currently four years old. But if Charlotte decides to have a family of her own in the future, her children won’t receive royal titles.
Princess Margaret was born to King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1930.
The only sister of the now Queen Elizabeth, both Elizabeth and Margaret were born Princesses.
However, when Margaret married Antony Armstrong-Jones in 1978, the Queen appointed them Earl and Countess of Snowdon.
Upon her ex-husband’s death, the Earldom of Snowdon passed onto her son, David, who became the second Earl of Snowdon.
Princess Charlotte title SNUB: How Charlotte could follow Princess Margaret in THIS way (Image: GETTY)
Princess Charlotte title SNUB: Princess Margaret with son David and daughter Sarah (Image: GETTY)
Although Margaret was a princess during her lifetime, the same title was never afforded to her daughter, who was instead known as Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones (now Chatto).
Under the British peerage system, royal titles are only inherited through the grandchildren born to the sons of the monarch, not the daughters.
Lucy Hume, associate director of Debrett’s, told Town & Country: “Royal titles are inherited through sons, so if Princess Charlotte has children they would not automatically inherit the titles ‘HRH,’ ‘Prince,’ or ‘Princess.’”
This rule is why Prince Andrew’s daughters, Eugenie and Beatrice, both have the titles of Princess.
Princess Charlotte title SNUB: Prince William’s children were both born a Prince and Princess (Image: GETTY)
However the children of the Queen’s daughter Princess Anne, Zara and Peter, are both without royal titles.
The Queen reportedly offered Anne the option of royal titles for her children.
However Anne is said to have refused, in order to give her children more ordinary lives.
Ms Hume added: “The monarch may offer to bestow a royal title upon his or her daughter’s children.
“For Peter and Zara Phillips, the Queen offered to give them a royal title when they were born, but Princess Anne and Captain Phillips opted to decline this offer.”
A similar decision was believed to have been made by the Earl and Countess of Wessex, whose children are both without HRH titles.
A spokesperson for the couple said prior to their wedding the decision reflected “the clear personal wish of Prince Edward and Miss Rhys-Jones as being appropriate to the likely future circumstances of their children”.
As a result, Edward and Sophie’s children were given the courtesy titles awarded to a son and daughter of an earl, and are known as Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.
Princess Charlotte title SNUB: Princess Anne reportedly declined the offer of a title for her children (Image: GETTY)
If Princess Charlotte decides to have children, her children will most likely be without royal titles too.
But although the titles will not be automatic for Charlotte’s children, the future monarch may offer to bestow HRH status upon them.
The situation for Charlotte will not be the same for her elder brother, Prince George.
As George is expected to be the grandson/son of a future monarch, as well as King himself one day, his children are entitled to be named Prince or Princess.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK