PRINCESS BEATRICE was denied a wedding last month by the COVID-19 epidemic, which dashed her hopes of a close-knit family occasion at St James’ Palace. Now, she is due another disappointment as a relative of hers may deny her a title.
Princess Beatrice, 31, is the eldest child of the Duke and Duchess of York, and sister to Princess Eugenie. The two York sisters are granddaughters of the Queen, and thanks to their father have Princely titles. However, their gender may deny both of them the chance to collate any further titles from his status.
The Royal Family’s current line of succession guarantees the next two monarchs are men, with Prince Charles next and Prince William eventually following.
While both men will eventually take their perch on the throne, the monarchy isn’t limited by gender, instead by age.
Titles are limited by sex, however, as only male heirs can take one from their honoured father.
The fact means Prince Andrew’s status as the Duke of York may seem under threat, as he has no male heir to pass it to when he dies.
Princess Beatrice snub: Title to be made EXTINCT instead of going to Bea (Image: GETTY)
Princess Beatrice snub: The Duke of York cannot pass his title to either of his daughters (Image: GETTY)
The letters patent responsible for creating the Duke of York title in 1986 specified it passes to “heirs male of the body”.
So while Bea may have been hoping to become the Duchess of York, a title her mother is styled using, this will not be the case.
In fact the Duchy will be out of service altogether.
One Quora user explained: “The Dukedom of York will be inherited by the oldest legitimate son of the current duke.”
Princess Beatrice snub: Prince William could eventually confer the Duchy of York to Prince Louis (Image: GETTY)
“Of course, the current duke has no sons, so unless that situation changes, the title will go extinct and will be available for the monarch at the time to recreate and confer on whoever they want.”
The Duchy of York likely won’t go extinct for long, however, as people theorise it would return to the crown for a future monarch to redistribute.
Writing on Quora, the operator of the British Line of Succession said they believe it might fall to Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge’s youngest son Prince Louis.
They said when Prince Andrew dies, William would likely sit on the throne, meaning he would give the title to his son.
Princess Beatrice snub: Princess Beatrice may eventually take a title thanks to her fiancee’s heritage (Image: GETTY)
If Prince William is on the throne, there is a chance Prince George will have already adopted a litany of titles, potentially ruling him out of the Duchy of York and Making Louis the natural choice.
Princess Charlotte’s gender would mean she couldn’t take it on, but she would likely inherit the honour of Princess Royal.
The immediate future of the Duchy of York remains uncertain for the time being, but the one certainty is it wouldn’t go to Princess Beatrice.
However, she may not go her entire life without a second title, as she could gain one via marriage.
When she eventually marries her fiancee Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, she could inherit the “Noble Donna” or “Contessa” titles according to Tatler.
The Italian businessman’s father is Count Alessandro Mapelli Mozzi, an aristocrat in his homeland.
His status makes Edoardo effectively a count himself, and a future spouse of his would be entitled to the same treatment.
They may also take Count Mapelli Mozzi’s villa in Bergamo, located in northern Italy on the outskirts of Milan.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, the Count said the couple’s children would take on titles as well.
He told the publication: “I’ve never seen him so happy.
“Edoardo is the only male descendent taking the family into the next generation.
“He is a count – his wife will be a countess automatically and any of their children will be counts or nobile donna.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK