Prince Louis could be set for top royal honour in King Charles’s latest shake-up

Prince Louis could be in line for a prestigious royal honour by King Charles following a shake-up in royal titles.

A royal reshuffle has seen Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's children officially named as Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet as well as a brand new title for Prince Edward.

As predicted by royal-watchers, the late Queen’s youngest son has inherited the title of Duke of Edinburgh, which was held by his father for 69 years.

Edward’s immediate family all get a promotion too, with Sophie, the former Countess of Wessex, becoming the Duchess of Edinburgh and their 15-year-old son James, Viscount Severn the new Earl of Wessex.

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But Edward’s new title comes with a small catch: it’s not hereditary, so he won’t be able to pass it on to his son. Instead, royal experts predict, the title Duke of Edinburgh is very likely to go to Prince Louis.

Prince George, as son of the Prince and Princess of Wales, is on course to one day become king, while Princess Charlotte is likely to be made Princess Royal at some point in the future.

It’s thought likely that their younger brother Louis will be made Duke of Edinburgh when Prince Edward eventually dies, unless the monarch of the time decides that another title of similar rank is appropriate.

Louis – whose full title is His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Wales – is currently fourth in line to the throne behind his father and two siblings.

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But he was only awarded the title of prince when he was born thanks to an intervention from his late great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II.

In 1917 King George V, the monarch at the time established clear rules on which royals were allowed to have titles – and who was considered to be too far down the line of succession to qualify for one.

He decided that all of the sovereign's children would automatically become a Prince or Princess, as well as any grandchildren born through the male line. However, King George thought that great-grandchildren were just too far from the big chair.

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This caused a bit of an issue 2013 when Kate Middleton gave birth to her son George, as despite being a future king he shouldn't technically have had the title.

But Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth stepped in and said that George would get a title, and decided to make an exception to the rule for all of Kate and William's children.

Of course, if she hadn't made the change, he still would have eventually become a prince when his grandfather King Charles took the throne back in September.


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