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Prince William wanted his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge to be titled as “Princess Catherine” rather than Duchess. Expert Kenneth Rose noted  “commoners” are traditionally not allowed to receive the title “Princess” as they are not a natural-born connection to the Queen. Exceptions have been made for Prince William’s late mother, Princess Diana, who took on the title as the wife of the Prince of Wales and Her Majesty’s aunt-in-law, Princess Alice, due to her long service to the Crown.

Prince William and Kate Middleton are officially known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

But according to reports unearthed by only publication The List, Prince William previously wanted his wife to hold a different title.

Narrator Christine Liwag-Dixon: “Instead of having his wife referred to as The Duchess of Cambridge, William reportedly hoped that Kate would be addressed as “Princess Catherine.”

“However, royal protocol stopped that from happening. If William and Kate hadn’t been named Duke and Duchess, Kate would have had to take on the title “Princess William,” not “Princess Catherine,” as she isn’t a natural-born princess.

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“Only direct descendants of the reigning monarch can take on “princess” titles.”

Ms Liwag-Dixon added: “Royal historian Kenneth Rose told the Telegraph, ‘Kate is a commoner and could not be known as Princess Catherine. However, it is up to the Queen what title she gives her, and there have been one or two exceptions.

“When Prince Henry, the Duke of Gloucester, died, the queen gave the Duchess of Gloucester the title Princess Alice.

“This was, though, to reward her for years of loyal service. Royal spectators have noted that Kate’s late mother-in-law, Princess Diana, was known as a princess despite not being a blood relative of Queen Elizabeth.”

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Kate however is on track to receive a new set of titles when Prince Charles becomes the King and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall takes on the title of Princess Consort.

The Prince of Wales title will be passed down to Prince William and Kate, as his wife, will automatically inherit the title of Princess of Wales.

While the Duchess of Cornwall could also have used the title by virtue of being Prince Charles’ wife, she opted not to due to the long-standing connection between the title and Princess Diana.

Prince William will also inherit the dukedoms of Cornwall and Rothesay, making Kate a Duchess three times over.

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Constitutional expert Iain MacMarthanne told Express.co.uk: “When Charles inherits the throne the Duke of Cambridge will automatically become Duke of Cornwall and Duke of Rothesay amongst other titles that are assumed by the heir to the throne.

“As his wife, Catherine will become Duchess of Cornwall and Rothesay.

“These new dukedoms will be in addition to that of Cambridge already held.”

Mr MacMarthanne explained: “The title of Prince of Wales is not assumed automatically by the heir to the throne, and remains within the gift of the monarch.

“In the case of Charles, his mother the Queen created him Prince of Wales in 1958.

“In the event of the duke of Cambridge being made Prince of Wales, Catherine would automatically become Princess of Wales.”

He added: “Likewise, with the succession of William, Catherine will become Queen Consort.”

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