Kate Middleton is preparing to become Queen one day, taking on more royal responsibility in recent years. Not only has she absorbed several patronages – she now has 18 under her belt – but she also often works solo and attends official events without Prince William. This is to ensure she is ready when William eventually takes the throne.
But before the Duke of Cambridge takes over as King, Prince Charles will be the reigning monarch when the Queen abdicates or passes away. As a result, some of Charles’ titles will be passed down to his eldest son, William, who will automatically become Prince of Wales.
Will this make Kate the new Princess of Wales? Maybe not.
According to People NOW’s royal correspondent, Imogen Lloyd-Webber, Kate may decide not take on the title. She explained why Camilla decided not to take on the role, noting: ‘Camilla is actually Princess of Wales but, because of Diana, she opted to be the Duchess of Cornwall.’
She continued: ‘At some moment, William is going to become Prince of Wales. At that moment there’s the question, is Kate going to choose to be called Princess of Wales?’
Camilla chose forgo the title and Princess Diana is still recognised by many as the Princess of Wales. In a similar move, Kate may decide to keep her current title, the Duchess of Cambridge, when Charles becomes King.
However, where Camilla decided against taking on the title (given the history of her relationship with both Charles and Diana), stepping into the Princess of Wales role may be seen as an honour for Kate.
Recently, royal expert Rebecca Long told Us Weekly: ‘Kate’s been taking on new responsibilities little by little over the last few years, so it won’t be a shock when the time comes.
‘William and Kate are the favourite royals to take the crown in many generations, so the people of the UK are very excited about it.’
Considering that Charles is first in line, we’ll probably we waiting a while before we find out if Kate will use the title.