According to a royal insider who spoke to the Mail Online, the monarch is preparing to name Prince William and Kate Middleton’s middle child, who is third-in-line for the throne, as the Duchess of Edinburgh – a title that was held by Her Majesty before ascending to the throne in 1952.
"Discussions are under way, but the favoured outcome for the King is that this title ought to go to Princess Charlotte," the source said. "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."
"Charlotte’s position is historically significant because she is the first female member of the Royal Family whose place in the line of succession will not be surpassed by her younger brother," they added. "So it is constitutionally significant that Charlotte should be given such a corresponding title, because it is not beyond the realms of possibility that she will accede the throne if, for example, Prince George does not have children."
The insider went on to explain that Charles' plan to name Charlotte as the Duchess of Edinburgh comes after months of speculation as to why he had not named his brother, Prince Edward, as the Duke of Edinburgh following the death of their father, Prince Philip, in April 2021.
"It shows you what the King is thinking," the source claimed. "It’s about promoting those directly in line to the throne rather than those on the edges."
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