Why Kate may never become Queen: MP proposes Duchess should be given title of 'Princess Consort' when William becomes King
MP John Hemming wants amendment to repeal of royal primogeniture lawsWives of ruling Kings adopt title of Queen Consort under current rulesBut husbands of monarchs have no official title – we don't have 'King Philip'Hemming to ask Commons to consider amendment to repeal next month
10:54 GMT, 30 December 2012
The Duchess of Cambridge is facing the prospect of never becoming Prince William’s Queen.
MP John Hemming is attempting to ensure all spouses of reigning monarchs are officially known as Prince or Princess Consorts, with an amendment to the repeal of ancient royal primogeniture laws.
The wives of ruling Kings currently become Queen Consorts but the husbands of female monarchs have no right to any title – which is why the current Duke of Edinburgh is not known as King Philip.
'Princess Consort': An MP's proposal in an Early Day Motion says the Duchess of Cambridge (left) would lose out on being called Queen Catherine when her husband William (right) is crowned King
The Liberal Democrat’s Early Day Motion says the Duchess of Cambridge would lose out on being called Queen Catherine when her husband William is crowned King, reported the Sunday Express.
‘It’s not right that a Queen Regnant is treated as less important than a King Regnant,’ he told the Sunday Express. ‘It seems sensible we resolve this issue when dealing with the primogeniture issue.’
The proposal also means Camilla would become Princess Consort when Prince Charles becomes King – which Clarence House has always insisted upon, following the couple’s previous divorces.
Current rules: The wives of ruling Kings become Queen Consorts but the husbands of female monarchs have no right to any title – which is why the current Duke of Edinburgh (right) is not known as King Philip
Early Day Motion: MP John Hemming is attempting to ensure all spouses of reigning monarchs are officially known as Prince or Princess Consorts
Prime Minister Winston Churchill was
told by the Lord Chancellor in 1954 that Philip had no right to any
title despite his wife Elizabeth II becoming Queen – but he was later
given the title of Prince.
The current difference in title rights dates back to the custom of male primogeniture, which has meant that male heirs have traditionally leapfrogged their older sisters in the line of succession.
But a new law to ensure the first child of the Duke and pregnant Duchess of Cambridge will succeed to the throne regardless of gender is being fast-tracked through Parliament.
Ending gender discrimination in the line of succession will involve changing some of the oldest laws on the Statute Book, including the Treason Act 1351, which was originally written in Norman French.
A Clarence House spokesman told MailOnline of Mr Hemming’s possible amendment to the repeal, which the Commons will be asked to consider next month: ‘It’s a matter for the Government.’