A royal insider has reported that there have been discussions about giving the title of Duchess of Edinburgh to Prince William’s second child, Princess Charlotte.
The title of Duchess of Edinburgh was previously held by the late Queen Elizabeth, but now some royal insiders are claiming that King Charles is considering giving it to Princess Charlotte, Prince William and Kate’s second child who is third in line to the throne, right after her father William and her older brother Prince George.
This would be a fitting tribute to the late monarch to give the title to one of her great-grandchildren, with King Charles wanting to “honor the line of succession” , as the reports have claimed.
Apparently this is the reason why King Charles III has not made his younger brother Prince Edward the Duke of Edinburgh, as the current monarch is saving it for his seven-year-old granddaughter.
It was expected that the title would be passed on to Edward following the death of Prince Philip last year, however it was withheld.
A source told the Daily Mail : “Discussions are underway, but the favoured outcome for the King is that this title ought to go to Princess Charlotte.
“It would be a fitting way to remember the Queen – who, of course, had the title Duchess of Edinburgh – and a way for His Majesty to honour the line of succession.”
Back when Kate, Princess of Wales, was pregnant with her first child Prince George, royal rules over the line of succession were changed, giving female royal members the same rights as their brothers-meaning Charlotte’s position would not be affected by the arrival of her younger brother Prince Louis.
The source claims that giving the title of Duchess of Edinburgh to Princess Charlotte would be “constitutionally significant”. The title was previously held by the late Queen Elizabeth, who was given the title when she married Prince Philip in 1947 and kept it until she became monarch.
When Prince William becomes king, Charlotte could be given the title of The Princess Royal, a title that has belonged to Princess Anne.
According to a post from August 2020 made by the royal family’s social media accounts when celebrating Princess Anne’s birthday, the title has specific rules attached to it.
“HRH The Princess Anne was named The Princess Royal, a title traditionally bestowed upon the eldest daughter of The Sovereign, in 1987,” it read.
“HRH is the seventh Princess Royal, following Princess Mary, the only daughter of King George V.”
Buckingham Palace did not comment on the story.