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There’s an intriguing reason why Princess Charlotte has a better chance of securing this prestigious position than Princess Anne ever will.
Princess Charlotte might only be eight years old but she’s already said to share many similarities with the Princess Royal. Princess Charlotte and Princess Anne are alike in a funny way and Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s intriguing dynamic could be seen to echo that of Princess Anne and King Charles growing up. Both royals are also their royal parents’ only daughters and it’s been suggested that one day the Prince and Princess of Wales’ daughter could be bestowed with the Princess Royal title. However, Princess Charlotte has a better chance of securing another prestigious position than her great-aunt ever will…
Princess Charlotte is third in the royal line of succession behind her older brother Prince George but remains ahead of her younger brother Prince Louis. This might not initially seem surprising but it’s a huge change to a former royal rule which still impacts Princess Anne. Despite being the second of the late Queen Elizabeth’s children, she’s only 17th in line to the throne.
Both of her younger siblings, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, and their children and grandchildren are ahead of her. The law ensuring royal women would no longer be leapfrogged in the succession by younger brothers only came into effect in 2013 with the Succession to the Crown Act, but it applies to those born after 28 October 2011, which Princess Anne was not.
This sadly means that the law change didn’t make any difference to her directly, but it did secure Princess Charlotte’s place above Prince Louis as his older sister. This means that Princess Charlotte has a better chance of becoming Queen than her great-aunt as she’ll remain higher in the succession throughout her life than Princess Anne has and will.