Princess Charlotte title: Royal rule stops Princess from enjoying same privilege as George

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Princess Charlotte, five, is being raised in much the same way as her brothers Prince George, seven, and Prince Louis, two, but an outdated custom puts Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William’s daughter at a slight disadvantage.

Prince George is third in line to the throne and as such will be brought up to be aware of his future royal role as king.

Prince Louis is currently fifth in line to the throne and both he and Charlotte will be bumped down the line of succession by any children Prince George might one day have.

However, little Prince Louis is still likely to be given a royal honour that Charlotte will be exempt from.

According to royal custom, the presiding sovereign’s sons and grandsons are gifted peerages on their wedding days.

This is why Prince William became the Duke of Cambridge when he married Kate and why Prince Harry became the Duke of Sussex on his wedding day to Meghan.

The same is likely to happen to Prince George and Prince Louis if and when they marry.

While Prince George will automatically become the Duke of Cornwall and of Rothesay once Prince William is king, if he marries before his father is on the throne then he is likely to be gifted a dukedom.

The dukedom of Cambridge which is currently held by William is expected to merge with the crown when he becomes king as is unlikely therefore to be passed to Prince Louis.

As Prince Louis probably won’t inherit a dukedom he is likely to be created a duke on his wedding day.

However, the same privileges do not apply to Charlotte because of a historic custom that saw Princesses used as political pawns.

Before the First World War, British princesses were usually married into foreign dynasties in order to secure the monarchy’s ties abroad.

This meant Princesses weren’t gifted new titles on their wedding days because they automatically took on the titles of their new husbands.


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While no British princess has married a foreign prince since 1917, the customs have not been updated to bring the women in line with the men.

This means Charlotte is unlikely to be made a Duchess on her wedding day but may be offered a title for her husband to be if he is not royal.

Constitutional expert Iain MacMarthanne explained: “Since George V’s ruling no British princess has married a foreign prince.

“George’s daughter Mary married the future Earl of Harewood, becoming the Countess.

“The Queen’s sister Margaret, became the Countess of Snowdon when her husband was created the Earl.”

He added: “Both Princess Alexandra of Kent, and Princess Anne refused titles for their husbands and in consequence were also know as Mrs Ogilvy and Mrs Phillips respectively.

“Following the historic custom and the trends that have developed since 1917, it is no surprise that when Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie married they only assumed their husbands’ surnames and were not made peeresses in their own right.”

Royal women and aristocrats are also prevented from inheriting their father’s titles because of the law of primogeniture that still exists in the UK.

This means peerages can only be passed down through the male line of the family.

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