A title high on symbolism. King Charles III has officially named Prince William and Kate Middleton Prince and Princess of Wales, making the Duchess the first to hold the title since the late Princess Diana.
On 9 September, King Charles made his first address to the British people in his new role since the death of Queen Elizabeth II. In this address, he passed on his former titles to his eldest son: "As heir, William now assumes the Scottish titles that have meant so much to me. He succeeds me as Duke of Cornwall and assumes the responsibilities of the Duchy of Cornwall that I have held for more than five decades," said the King.
He continued, "Today I am proud to appoint him Prince of Wales, Tywysog Cymru, the country whose title I have been so privileged to hold for so much of my life and duty. With Catherine at his side, our new Prince and Princess of Wales will, I am sure, continue to inspire and lead our national debates, helping to put the marginalised at the centre of the field where vital help can be given."
On Instagram, Will and Kate have officially changed their username to @princeandprincessofwales. "The Prince and Princess of Wales will approach their roles in the modest and humble way they have approached their work before," a royal source told Hello! adding that Kate "appreciates the history associated with the role, but understandably wants to look to the future in creating her own path".
Princess Diana has held the title of Princess of Wales since her marriage to Prince Charles in 1981. When he married Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005, she took the title of Duchess of Cornwall and was not given the title Princess of Wales out of respect for Diana. Now that Prince Charles is officially King Charles, Camilla will be known as the Queen Consort.
The shift in titles is profound. In 2021, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced that the royal family had decided that their children would not receive HRH (His/Her Royal Highness) titles, nor the security that such titles might have provided under tradition. But with their grandfather becoming king, three-year-old Archie and one-year-old Lilibet will be able to become Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet. King Charles also had words for his second son and daughter-in-law during his speech, saying: 'I also want to express my love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives abroad.