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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge at the unveiling of a statue of their mother, Princess Diana, in Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace, London.
UNITED KINGDOM – Upheaval in the royal organization chart. While Prince Charles is the first to see his title change after the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the waltz of royal titles has only just begun across the Channel.
In the aftermath of the Queen’s death, the question of a change of title opens the start of an unprecedented game of royal chairs, after more than 70 years of immobility due to the Queen of England’s longevity on the throne. .
From Prince of Wales, Charles changed his title to Charles III, King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. As for his wife, Camilla, she becomes queen consort, a qualifier attributed to the wife of the British sovereign, in opposition to that of reigning queen, as was the case for seven decades for Elizabeth II.
William and Kate become Prince and Princess of Wales
Until then bearer of the title of Duke of Cambridge, William, eldest son of Charles III, obtains a double hat: Duke of Cornwall and Cambridge, as well as other Scottish titles among others. As for his wife, Kate, she logically becomes Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge, previously held by Camilla.
In his first address as king, broadcast on television this Friday, September 9 in the early evening, Charles III announced that his son William, heir to the crown, would take over the title of Prince of Wales held until now by his father. . It traditionally goes to the first male heir to the throne of England.
Kate Middleton will become Princess of Wales, the new king has confirmed. A title oh so evocative as it is associated with the mother of William and Harry. Princess Diana was the last member of the royal family to enjoy this title, Charles III’s second wife, Camilla, having always refused to wear it out of respect for her husband’s former wife.
As for the children of William and Kate, changes are also to be expected. Following the same logic as the change in their parents’ titles, George becomes Prince George of Cornwall and Cambridge, his sister Charlotte Princess of Cornwall and Cambridge and Louis Prince of Cornwall and Cambridge.
The Harry and Meghan case
If they have decided to move away from the royal family, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are still affected by this game of royal chairs. Or rather their children. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex see their eldest son Archie automatically entitled to the title of prince. His mother had also criticized the British crown for denying him this advantage because of his interbreeding, during an explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey. The couple had also suggested that by acceding to the throne Charles would have the desire to reduce the protocol order, thereby depriving Archie of the title of prince.
Prior to the Queen’s death, Archie was too far down the line to inherit a title (following rules established by George V in 1917), but since the death of his great-grandmother, Archie becomes, as a son of a son of a sovereign, prince.
Same case for the second child of Harry and Meghan, Lilibet, who is entitled to the title of princess. It remains to be seen, however, whether their parents, who have decided to forfeit their titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussx, will accept that their children use theirs.
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