It’s Prince Louis’ third birthday today – but the little royal almost missed out on his full HRH title.
The Queen had to step in to change a longstanding rule by King George V to make him a Prince after he was born.
The youngest child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was born on April 23, 2018 and give his full name Louis Arthur Charles.
He is third in line to the throne – but his HRH title was far from certain thanks to a longstanding rule put in place by King George V, reports the Express.
The Queen intervened to overwrite the rule, making his official full title His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge.
The rule dates back to 1917 and set out which royals were allowed to have titles.
It was decided then that only those closest to the top of the line of succession would be automatically granted titles.
King George V said only the sovereign’s children would automatically become a Prince or Princess, as well as any grandchildren born through the male line.
But grand-grandchildren were not included.
The Queen overturned this for Prince George and the change extends to all of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s children.
If the Monarch didn’t make the change, it’s likely that Louis would have been Master Louis Cambridge or Master Louis Windsor instead.
But it doesn’t extend to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s children.
Meghan raised the issue in the explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey, saying: “They were saying they didn’t want him to be a Prince or Princess, which would be different from protocol, and that he wasn’t going to receive security. This went on for the last few months of our pregnancy where I was going, hold on for a second.
“They said [he’s not going to get security], because he’s not going to be a Prince.
“Okay, well, he needs to be safe so we’re not saying don’t make him a Prince or Princess, but if you’re saying the title is what’s going to affect that protection, we haven’t created this monster machine around us in terms of clickbait and tabloid fodder you’ve allowed that to happen which means our son needs to be safe.”
Experts have denied Meghan’s claims that it was “different to protocol”.
Due to the Queen’s long reign and extended family, her great-grandchildren and therefore Archie is too far removed from the throne to be a prince.
But he will be entitled to be an HRH or the title of prince when the Prince of Wales accedes to the throne and he becomes a grandchild of the monarch.