If you’re those who are obsessed with the royal family, you might have asked yourself why some of the royals get to have titles like prince and princess?
And, why the others do not?
Consider Zara Tindall, one of the Queen’s granddaughters who does not have a royal title. Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice, Zara’s cousins, do have royal titles. Ever wondered why? Here’s why that is.
First things first, a quick family tree refresher.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip have four children: Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.
As because Charles is the firstborn, he’s the heir to throne, and therefore William is the heir after him. Princess Anne married a commoner, Mark Phillips, and they had two children, Peter and Zara.
Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie are the offspring of Prince Andrew, who used to be married to Sarah Ferguson, a commoner. Prince Andrew’s daughters have Princess/HRH titles, but Princess Anne’s kids do not.
An old-school rule meant that Zara and Peter weren’t entitled to titles.
As Zara and Peter’s royal parent is their mother rather than their father, they aren’t guaranteed a royal title. Only the grandchildren of the monarch’s male offspring definitely get a title.
Although, Queen Elizabeth did eventually realise it wasn’t entirely fair. So, she offered courtesy titles to Anne’s children. But plot twist, Princess Anne and Mark refused.
When Mark Phillips and Princess Anne got married, Queen Elizabeth offered him a royal title and he turned it down. Later, when they had children, Her Majesty again offered royal titles, but Anne turned those down.
Zara has said she actually likes living without a title.
Living without a title has allowed Zara and Peter to live relatively normal lives. Peter is a businessman who’s worked for different banks in the U.K.
Zara is an accomplished equestrian who competed in the 2012 London Olympics. She won a silver medal.