Princess Charlotte is the only daughter of Prince William and Kate Middleton and despite being able to inherit the throne, her children may never carry royal titles.
Mum and dad, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, were keen to make sure that when Princess Charlotte was born she could retain her place in line to Queen Elizabeth’s throne.
However, despite one day having the right to be Queen of the United Kingdom, when and if Princess Charlotte has children they will not automatically receive the title of Prince or Princess.
According to Lucy Hume, associate director of Debrett’s, who spoke to Town & Country, this is because the only way to become a prince or princess, is to be the child of a prince or to marry one.
Lucy said: ‘Royal titles are inherited through sons, so if Princess Charlotte has children they would not automatically inherit the titles ‘HRH,’ ‘Prince,’ or ‘Princess.'”
Princess Charlotte’s brothers’ children will automatically be titled Prince or Princess
With this logic, it means that Prince George and Prince Louis’ children will automatically inherit prince or princess but another unprecedented move from the royal family would be needed to ensure Princess Charlotte’s children receive the same treatment.
This explains why the daughters of Prince Andrew, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice have princess in their title, but Princess’s Anne’s daughter Zara Phillips does not.
Prince William and Kate Middleton’s children are still very young and Princess Charlotte only celebrated her third birthday a few weeks ago, so it is possible they haven’t considered the prospect of their own children having children!
Nonetheless, it will be an interesting moment in history when and if Princess Charlotte does indeed become a mum.
What do you think about the fact Princess Charlotte’s children will not automatically inherit royal titles? Do you think the royal family should take action to change this tradition? Let us know in the comments section below!