On April 23, the third child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Louis Arthur Charles, turned three.
To honor the birthday of the youngest child of Prince William and Kate Middleton, who was born on St George’s Day, the patron saint of England, Kate snapped and shared an incredibly cute photo of Louis riding his bike and getting ready for his first day of nursery school.
Louis got his name after late Prince Philip’s uncle and Prince Charles’ mentor Lord Louis Mountbatten, who was killed in an IRA bombing in 1979.
Although he is fifth in the line of succession to the British throne, Louis is a prince. It was the Queen herself who intervened overwrite king George V’s rule which said that royals too far down the line of succession were no longer entitled to a title. According to Express, it was the Queen’s decision to name William’s firstborn, George, a prince and extend the change to all of Kate and William’s children.
Were it not for Queen Elizabeth, Prince Louis would have been given the honorary title Master Louis Cambridge or Master Louis Windsor.
This rule, however, does not apply for Harry’s children, thus Archie isn’t declared a prince. This was something that obviously bothered the Duke and Duchess of Sussex who accused the royals of not wanting to give their son a title.
Speaking to Oprah Winfrey, Meghan Markle said: “They didn’t want him to be a prince… which would be different from protocol, and that he wasn’t going to receive security.
“We have in tandem the conversation of, ‘He won’t be given security. He’s not going to be given a title.’ And also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born,” she added.
Archie, however, will become eligible for an HRH title once his grandfather, Prince Charles, accedes the throne.
When he was born, Archie was entitled to the courtesy title Earl of Dumbarton, which his parents refused.
Currently, Meghan and Harry are expecting their second child, a daughter. Many wondered if Harry, who is extremely devoted to keeping his late mother’s memory alive, will name his baby girl Diana. The Sussexes, however, were reported to have said that the name Diana would mean too much pressure on their daughter, as per a Page Six source. “They are highly unlikely to call their daughter Diana. Their biggest concern is that it would make her a bigger target for the media, and considerably increase public interest in the child’s life.”