Recent reports indicate that the title given to Prince Louis of Cambridge might have been very different or even non-existent if Queen Elizabeth II had not intervened.
The Queen’s great-grandson’s full name is His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge, and his middle names are Arthur Charles.
It is not entirely clear what his official title was supposed to be before this decision was made, but he would likely have a surname instead. Some royal experts say that his name would have been Master Louis Cambridge.
Traditions in the Royal Family prevent its members from having a surname while holding an official title like a Prince.
The whole issue apparently stemmed from an old rule instilled by King George V, which dictated exactly who was eligible for certain titles based on their distance from the roots of the family tree.
It seems like the youngest child of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, would have been considered ineligible at first, but the Queen chose to override the rule and grant him the title instead.
It was not revealed if there have been any specific factors that led to her decision or if she wanted to make a kind gesture towards Prince William and Catherine Middleton.
However, many followers of the family online have commented on how nice of a move it was.
The name Louis itself was apparently not the subject of any disagreements and was easily accepted by everyone in the family because it has a long history in royal circles and is commonly linked to various figures of nobility.
The exact origin of the name remains unconfirmed, and it is likely that Prince William and Catherine are going to want to keep it that way.
However, rumors claimed that it might be a nudge to Lord Louis Mountbatten, who was Prince Philip‘s uncle.
According to royal experts, Lord Louis and Prince Charles were very closed.
The children of Prince William and Kate Middleton — Prince George, 7, Prince Charlotte, 5, and Prince Louis, 2 — are in unique positions in the British royal family — they are the only ones who hold titles.
None of the Queen’s other great-grandchildren have royal titles at all — including Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s young son.
With Prince William being in line to become King, it is understandable that the Queen would make an exception for his children.
However, some people do wonder if gestures like these do not complicate things in terms of relationships.