Things have always been murky around issuing titles in the British royal family, especially when it comes to people not directly related to any of the “core” family members.
It has recently come to light that Laura Lopes, the daughter of Andrew and Camilla Parker Bowles, the stepsister of Prince William and Prince Harry, might be on track to receiving a precious and very royal gift — an official title within the family, much to her own delight, well, maybe.
According to royal experts, when Prince Charles becomes king, he “may bestow royal titles upon his stepchildren” when he “ascends to the throne.”
The situation is still not confirmed, and it is not clear precisely what title she might be granted either. It could be duchess or countess or something else.
Many believe that Camilla’s only daughter might receive that gift from her stepfather. The family has become more welcoming towards people not entirely related to any other members by blood.
Laura has been married to former model Harry Lopes for over a decade, and the two have three children together.
Various reports have painted her relationship with her stepbrothers as somewhat strained over the years, leading to some questions about her potential future in the picture.
In a past interview, Laura’s brother, Tom, confessed that they were “not quite part of the royal family, to be honest.”
Tom said while on Good Morning Britain: “My mother married into it. She’s part of it. We’re the common children. We’re just on the side.”
However, if the current rumors are to be believed, the strained family situation might be close to an end, as Laura has apparently “earned” the right to receive her own royal title soon enough, according to royal insiders.
Her exact relationship with the rest of the family remains a mystery to some, as Laura herself has not been as open to the public spotlight and has refrained from talking about the famous clan.
However, royal reporter Katie Nicholl did reveal in one of her books that William and Laura did not have a good relationship at the beginning.
She explained: “William and Laura used to have terrible fights over who was to blame for their broken homes. William would blame Camilla for all the hurt she had caused his mother, which would send Laura into a rage. Laura was not having any of it. She would take a hard line and fire back at William, ‘Your father has ruined my life.'”
Many royal fans have still been paying close attention to the report, and there has been a lot of active discussion over whether or not she has a rightful place within the royal f/amily.
Those who follow the British royal family believe that Charles’s love for Camilla might push him to make the grand gesture of offering Laura a title, but it is not certain she will accept it.