Why William could make Charlotte a Duchess AND Princess Royal – ‘Nothing stopping’ him


PRINCESS CHARLOTTE is the only daughter of a future King, and as such, she might expect to be given two new royal titles in the future.

Prince William’s two sons, Prince George and Prince Louis, could probably expect to be given a dukedom each if they decide to get married in the future.

And it may also be that William gives Charlotte a Duchess title when she ties the knot too.

But Charlotte could also be given an additional title, as she will one day be the only daughter of the sovereign, making her eligible for the Princess Royal title currently held by Princess Anne.

Princess Charlotte and Prince William

Why William could make Charlotte a Duchess AND Princess Royal – ‘Nothing stopping’ him (Image: PA – GETTY)

Princess Charlotte and Prince George

Princess Charlotte could be given the Princess Royal title in the future (Image: GETTY)

According to royal expert Marlene Koenig, Prince William could decide to make Charlotte both a Duchess and Princess Royal.

Ms Koenig explained to Express.co.uk: “There is nothing stopping Charles or William from creating Charlotte a Duchess of her wedding day (with succession to male heirs).

“I have considered this as a possibility because she and her descendants will always come before Louis in the succession… so why should she be just Princess Royal (after Anne dies of course)?

“Princess Royal is the eldest daughter of the sovereign by tradition but is not hereditary and at the discretion of the sovereign.”

William, Kate, George, Charlotte and Louis

Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge have three children (Image: GETTY)

The Princess Royal title is steeped in history, having first been created during the 1600s.

The current holder of the title is Princess Anne, who was given the title by her mother, the Queen, in 1987.

Ms Koenig added: “Charles I’s daughter Mary was the first Princess Royal.

“Princess Anne was created Princess Royal in 1987, 22 years after the death of Princess Mary, Countess of Harewood, who was created Princess Royal in 1931 by her father George V.”

William, Kate, George, Charlotte and Louis

The Cambridge children were all given Prince and Princess titles by the Queen (Image: GETTY)

For now, Princess Charlotte is likely to remain known as Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge for some time.

If she decides to marry, Charlotte could be given a Duchess title or another style by her father in the future.

And as for the Princess Royal title, Charlotte can only be given it when it is vacant, and it is a life-long appointment.

All of the Cambridge children are currently known as Prince or Princess because the Queen decreed before Prince George was born that all of the Cambridge children will hold titles.

King George V dictated in 1917 only the children of the monarch, and the grandchildren of the monarch through the male line could get Prince or Princess titles.

Additionally, the eldest son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales could also get a Prince title.

So if the rules had not been changed by the Queen, both Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis would have been without Prince or Princess titles.


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