The Duchess of Cambridge has inherited Princess Diana's title and is now known as Catherine, the Princess of Wales. Our new monarch, King Charles III, confirmed the title change in his first address to the nation as king.
He began his speech by paying tribute to his mother and honouring her life of service. "Throughout her life, Her Majesty The Queen – my beloved mother – was an inspiration and example to me and to all my family, and we owe her the most heartfelt debt any family can owe to their mother; for her love, affection, guidance, understanding and example," he said. "I know that her death brings great sadness to so many of you and I share that sense of loss, beyond measure, with you all."
He also gave thanks to his new Queen Consort, his "darling wife" Camilla, recognising her "own loyal public service" since their marriage 17 years ago. "I know she will bring to the demands of her new role the steadfast devotion to duty on which I have come to rely so much." When Camilla married Charles, it was decided that, out of respect, she wouldn't take on the title of Princess of Wales, given that it was so closely associated with the late Princess Diana.
The king then went on to discuss his heir, William, confirming that he will inherit his Welsh (Prince of Wales) and Scottish titles (the Duke of Cornwall) – alongside his wife, Kate.
"Today, I am proud to create him Prince of Wales, Tywysog Cymru, the country whose title I have been so greatly privileged to bear during so much of my life and duty," he said.
“With Catherine beside him, our new Prince and Princess of Wales will, I know, continue to inspire and lead our national conversations, helping to bring the marginal to the centre ground where vital help can be given."
He also mentioned his other son and daughter-in-law, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, in his speech, adding: "I want also to express my love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives overseas."
William and Kate's official social media accounts have already been updated to reflect their new titles of the Prince and Princess of Wales. A source told Sky news that Kate "appreciates the history associated" with the title, "but will understandably want to look to the future as she creates her own path".
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