Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis will have more freedom than previous ‘spares to the throne’ The future of the Royal Family is always a question on everybody’s lips. What will happen when the Queen dies? What will Prince Charles be like as King? Will the monarchy be as popular? And what of the younger royals like Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis – how will their role change as they get closer to the crown?
The ‘spare to the heir’ is a well-known royal phrase, it means that any child born after their sibling the heir is a second to them or seen as a spare part to the Firm. So how does this affect Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis? A royal expert claimed the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be “normalising” their lives with the hope that they never feel like working as royals is their only option.
Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis were born in 2015 and 2018 respectively and are known as ‘spares’ to Prince George in his role as an heir to the throne. The two youngest Cambridges will one day play senior roles within the family and likely gain important titles, but it has been suggested that they want the children to have more freedom.
Royal expert and associate editor at The Telegraph, Camilla Tominey said the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will want Charlotte and Louis to “have their own careers” if they want to. With their youngest Prince Louis, Ms Tominey said that they won’t want him to “go down the Duke of York path” and become a “royal hanger-on”.
Ms Tominey added: “In the next decade, everything is going to change. “We might be seeing fewer royals in the future than we’re used to. A lot of the more minor royals have got careers of their own so they aren’t really being taxpayer-funded. And in conjunction with the fact there are going to be fewer royals is a recalibration of what it means to be a royal.” It has already been claimed that Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis will lead more private lives, thanks to the situation that evolved with their uncle, Prince Harry.
Majesty magazine editor Ingrid Seward explained to Newsweek : “When they’re growing up their grandfather will be on the throne for a bit and he’s talked about this slimmed-down monarchy. It is quite possible that they are not even going to be involved very much. “I think they will have to be given more freedom. Obviously, Charles is right in the firing line with Harry. So he can see the mistakes he made with Harry.
Harry just did what he wanted basically. So did William up to a point. But I think that Charlotte and Louis will have a very much less royal existence.” Prince Charles has made no secret of his desire to have a ‘slimmed-down’ monarchy, which means that only the principle members of the Royal Family will appear on the balcony, rather than the swathes that we are used to.
As a result, many members of the family, such as the Queen’s second and third cousins, will no longer appear in a public capacity. Prince Charles’s slimmed down monarchy will reportedly comprise of just a handful of key figures. Those figures will likely be Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Earl and Countess of Wessex and the Princess Royal.
While Charlotte and Louis will certainly have more freedom, they will still hold important titles one day. Princess Charlotte would be eligible to become the next Princess Royal once Prince William is king and Princess Anne has died and Prince Louis could become the next Duke of York as it is customary for the monarch’s second son to have this title – only after the current incumbent Prince Andrew has died.