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This Is Why Prince Charles Might Not Become King Charles


As Simba once said, "I just can't wait to be king" in the Lion King, we can only imagine that after 69 years Prince Charles shares the same sentiment.

Despite facing several scandals involving his tumultuous relationship with Princess Diana and subsequent marriage to Camilla Parker Bowles,  the Duke of Cornwall will inherit the throne once his mother Queen Elizabeth II eventually passes away.

Her Majesty has already asked her eldest son to carry out some of her duties as head of the British monarchy, and his lifetime of regal experience has made him a natural.

But while we've always known the royal as Prince Charles, once he steps on the throne, he might not be called King Charles, according to the Queen's former spokesman Dickie Arbiter.

"He might choose one of his other names Philip, Arthur or George," Arbiter told HELLO! magazine, speaking of the tradition of royals adopting their middle name for their official moniker as king.

Elizabeth's father King George VI was baptized Albert Frederick Arthur George and nicknamed Bertie by those closest to him.

But once he became king following his brother's abdication, he decided to go by George in honor of his father George V.

According to Arbiter, Charles will also inherit a series of other titles once he becomes Britain's monarch, including, Duke of Lancaster, Defender of the Faith, Supreme Governor of the Church of England, Head of the Commonwealth, and King of other Realms and Territories.

However, the Prince of Wales won't be the only one given new titles once he becomes king.

Once Charles succeeds his mother on the throne, his son Prince William and daughter-in-law Kate Middleton, otherwise known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, could gain two new titles as well.

Royal expert Marlene Koenig told HELLO! Magazine that the beloved couple could inherit Charles' titles, while also maintaining the ones they already have.

She said William and Kate could potentially be styled as HRH The Duke/Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge, respectively.

Charles' second wife the Duchess of Cornwall has the opportunity to be named Queen Consort, but may choose to style herself as Princess Consort instead.

"At the time of her 2005 wedding to Prince Charles, Clarence House said the Duchess of Cornwall would be known as Princess Consort when her husband became King," Koenig explained.

"Memories of his divorce and the tragic death of Princess Diana meant the public were not receptive to the idea of her becoming Queen at that time."

"There is nothing to suggest that the plan has changed, although many royal watchers are convinced that the Prince of Wales wants his wife to be Queen alongside him when he is crowned."

Although Princess Charlotte's future children may not inherit any titles once they're born, she will eventually be getting a new one too.

Charlotte's great-aunt Princess Anne was given the title Princess Royal by the Queen on her 36th birthday, but is viewed more as an awarded title than one inherited through the monarchy.

But the potentially new title is dependent on two conditions: Prince William succeeds to the throne and Anne is no longer alive.

However, when the Succession to the Crown Act 2013, which states birth order will determine who becomes the next head of state instead of gender, came into place, Charlotte kept her spot as fourth-in-line to the throne after her brother Prince Louis was born.

This also raises questions on whether she'll be given the title of Duchess when she ties the knot, as it's assumed both of her brothers will eventually be named Dukes.

Ultimately it will be her father's decision with what titles the young princess will be given.

What do you think Prince Charles should be called when he becomes king? Let us know in the comments!

[H/T: Mirror, Hello!, PEOPLE]

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