Princess Charlotte refused to give a royal aide a bouquet of flowers that she was gifted from a young fan during Christmas day at Sandringham on Wednesday.
Kate Middleton and Prince William's four-year-old daughter was handed a carefully selected bunch of white roses by 'star struck' James Heather, six, who chose them especially because they're his mother's favourite.
In an adorable clip, which was shared on Twitter by Jade Garwood, it seems the flower choice was a hit with the princess too, as she refused to hand them over for safekeeping.
'When they left the church, Kate came over and said, "are these for Charlotte?" and then James said "yes" and handed them over,' his mum Nakita explained to Mirror Online.
Since Princess Charlotte is fourth in line to the throne, it is unlikely that she will ever inherit the crown. The only way that would happen is if her older brother, Prince George, abdicates or a tragedy befalls the family.
That said, there is another reason why Charlotte would not be granted the title, and it has to do with her great aunt.
Will Princess Anne lose her title? Once a royal is given a title, they usually hold onto it for life. There are a few exceptions, of course, and the handing out of title is a responsibility given to the monarch.
According to Express, it is unlikely that Anne will ever give up her title as Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal. If Anne is still alive when William takes the throne, there is a chance that Princess Charlotte will not be given the title.
Anne is currently 69 years old, so it is possible that she will have passed on by the time William is King. After all, William is second in line following his father, Prince Charles, and there is no telling how long he will rule.
As fourth in line to the throne, Princess Charlotte will probably never inherit the crown. But when her father, Prince William, becomes the King of the United Kingdom, Charlotte might receive a whole new title. So what will Charlotte’s title be when William is on the throne?
As a side note, Queen Elizabeth never held the title of Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, despite being her father’s oldest daughter. This is because Queen Elizabeth’s aunt, Princess Mary, had already been granted the title.
Prince William and Kate’s daughter, 4, is fourth-in-line to the throne after her brother Prince George. This makes George the ‘heir’ and Charlotte the ‘spare’, a role that is notoriously hard to fulfil. However, Charlotte is only in this position because the Succession to the Crown Act (2013) changed the rule that gave sons preference in the line of succession.
If this law had not come to pass, Charlotte’s younger brother Louis would be above her in the line of succession.
Instead, Charlotte will have to navigate a role that throughout royal history has been difficult, if not impossible, for ‘spares’ to do.
For example, Prince Harry has struggled with the role his whole life, always being more of a rebel than his brother William.
He got in trouble for drinking and smoking cannabis when he was 17, and was even sent to a drug rehabilitation clinic for a day by Prince Charles.
Kate Middleton feels lucky to say that she had a “very happy childhood.” And she wants to give her own children the same dedication her parents gave to her and her siblings.
“I think the things that really resonate with me most are the simple things and actually I see that now with my own children. Life now is so busy, so distracting and actually sometimes the simple things like watching a fire on a really rainy day provides such enjoyment,” Kate says in a revealing new interview on the Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast, hosted by bestselling author Giovanna Fletcher.
“I remember that from my childhood – doing the simple things, going for a walk together, and that’s really what I try and do with my children as well because it totally strips away all the complications, all the pressures,” says Kate, who grew up in the English countryside alongside siblings Pippa and James.
The royal mom of three says one of her favorite things to do with her children — Prince George, 6, Princess Charlotte, 4, and Prince Louis, who turns 2 in April — is to spend time outside.