PRINCESS CHARLOTTE is fourth in line to the British throne and first in line to hold the Princess Royal title. But could this title prove hazardous for her future partners?
Princess Charlotte is a record-breaking royal princess already at just five years old, being the first female to benefit from the overturning of male primogeniture rules. But why does one antiquated rule mean her romantic future could be fraught with perils all because of a royal title she is destined to one day hold?
Princess Charlotte is renowned in the annals of history as the first royal female to be born after the British rules of succession were modernised in 2011.
This change of rules meant the rules of male-preference primogeniture prioritising brothers ahead of sisters in the line of succession was ended.
This means Charlotte is the first female royal to be ahead of her younger brother in the line of succession.
She is fourth in line to the throne, while her younger brother Prince Louis is fifth in line.
Princess Charlotte title shock: Princess Charlotte is fourth in line to the throne (Image: PA)
Princess Charlotte title shock: Instagram post shared by the Cambridge family for Princess Charlotte’s birthday (Image: INSTAGRAM/KENSINGTON ROYAL)
Charlotte’s older brother Prince George has the highest-ranking in the line of succession of their generation.
This means George is most likely to one day become King, instead, Princess Charlotte is likely to behold the title of Princess Royal.
The Princess Royal title is a substantive title customarily, but not automatically awarded by the reigning British monarchy to their eldest daughter.
Princess Charlotte title shock: Prince William with his three children: George, Charlotte and Louis (Image: INSTAGRAM/KENSINGTON ROYAL)
Princess Charlotte title shock: Only one person can hold the Princess Royal title at any time (Image: PA)
In total seven royals have held the Princess Royal title:
- Mary, Princess Royal, daughter of King Charles I: 1631 to 1660
- Anne, Princess Royal, daughter of King George II: 1727 to 1759
- Charlotte, Princess Royal, daughter of King George III: 1789 to 1828
- Victoria, Princess Royal, daughter of Queen Victoria: 1841 to 1901
- Louise, Princess Royal, daughter of King Edward VII: 1905 to 1931
- Mary, Princess Royal, daughter of King George V: 1932 to 1965
- Anne, Princess Royal, daughter of Queen Elizabeth II: 1987 to present.
Only one royal retains the Princess Royal title at any given time.
This means some female royals who might technically be destined to hold the title are not given it as the former holder is still alive.
As Prince Charles has no daughters, the most likely next Princess Royal will be Princess Charlotte.
Royal author Duncan Larcombe told Town and Country magazine: “The title of Princess Royal is traditionally bestowed on the eldest daughter of the monarch.
“It is a title that remains for life, so Princess Charlotte will have to wait at least until the death of the current Princess Royal.”
Princess Charlotte title shock: Charlotte is next in line to take on the Princess Royal title (Image: PA)
Princess Charlotte title shock: Princess Charlotte cannot become Princess Royal until after the death of the current holder (Image: PA)
But the rules and responsibilities of the role are likely too difficult for the five-year old to consider now.
According to Mr Larcombe, there are extremely very strict ancient rules for dating the Princess Royal.
He told Town and Country magazine: “Under ancient British law, any man who sleeps with the Princess Royal before they are married is guilty of high treason—punishable by execution!
“Perhaps Princess Charlotte’s future boyfriends had better look out.
“At the very least, Wills and Kate are likely to wait until after Charlotte marries before giving her the title.”
The Treason Act 1351 outlines how it would be considered high treason in regards to romantic relationships if a person:
- Violates the king’s companion
- Violates the king’s eldest daughter if she was unmarried
- Violates the wife of the king’s eldest son and heir (following the coming into force of the Succession to the Crown Act 2013, this has effect as if the reference were to the eldest son only if he is also the heir).
Under the Bill’s changes in 2013, this protection also applies to the wife of the eldest son “if the heir”, in this case meaning Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, are also protected.
The husband of a female heir will not be covered, parliamentary documents reveal.
The death penalty for treason was abolished in 1998, but a person found guilty could still face a life sentence in prison.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK