Princess Charlotte to follow century-old ‘unwritten’ Royal Family code with future role

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PRINCESS Charlotte will be asked to follow in a century-old Royal Family tradition to ensure Prince George can best do his job as future king.

Princess Charlotte, 5, is the second child and only daughter of Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge. The young princess is still years away from taking on an official role but Charlotte is expected to follow an “unwritten code” established over a century ago within the Royal Family. Royal commentator Andrew Morton said: “The job of the royal child with an elder brother or sister is to be supportive.

“So the Prince of Wales, later the Duke of Windsor, was always supported by his sister and his three brothers.

“Elizabeth, now the Queen, was always supported by Princess Margaret.

“There is a kind of unwritten code inside the Royal Family that your job as a sibling is to help share the burden of the monarchy.”

While Prince George will be trained to become king after his grandfather Prince Charles and father Prince William, Charlotte will have more freedom but is likely to be asked to help represent the monarchy as a working royal.

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Princess Charlotte is the second child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Image: GETTY)

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Princess Charlotte will be asked to “support” her brother George (Image: GETTY)

Charlotte could someday follow in the footsteps of her great aunt, Princess Anne, and assume the title of Princess Royal once her father becomes king if Anne were to not use it anymore.

And while she is expected to keep a hold of her royal titles if she marries, the young princess would not automatically see her potential children get a title.

Lucy Hume, associate director of etiquette experts Debrett’s, in 2018 said: “Royal titles are inherited through sons, so if Princess Charlotte has children they would not automatically inherit the titles HRH, Prince, or Princess.

“The monarch may offer to bestow a royal title upon his or her daughter’s children.

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Princess Charlotte joined her family in showing their support to the NHS (Image: KENSINGTON PALACE)

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Princess Charlotte pictured on the occasion of her 5th birthday (Image: KENSINGTON PALACE)

“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.”

Charlotte already inspired major changes to the structure of the Royal Family during her short life and could go on to help further modernise the monarchy as her parents are expected to do.

Less than two years before her arrival, the Queen authorised a major revolution to the Succession to the Crown Act thus ensuring any child of William and Kate would keep their place in the pecking order independently of sex.

The change meant the arrival of Charlotte’s younger brother, Prince Louis, in 2018 did not affect her position and she remained fourth-in-line to the throne.

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Princess Charlotte has showcased a rather cheeky side of her personality (Image: GETTY)

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Princess Charlotte joined Kate to greet fans outside of church at Christmas (Image: GETTY)

Despite her young age, the young Princess of Cambridge has already won over the affection of the public with her cheeky demeanour.

Charlotte has often been spotted sticking out her tongue at royal fans and member of the press waiting to catch a glimpse of her and her family while on royal outings.

And in Christmas 2019, she and her brother Prince George joined the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in the traditional walk back to Sandringham after mass at St Mary Magdalene Church.

Charlotte escorted mum Kate in greeting and wishing merry Christmas to the public, with member of the crowd Karen Anvil saying: “The manners are outstanding, but she’s cheeky and I think a lot of people they said ‘she looks scared, she looks scared,’ no she didn’t.”

Source: EXPRESS CO UK