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Prince Harry and Prince Louis: Second royal sons share special link to Prince Charles

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Prince Harry, 36, and Prince Louis, 2, are first cousins once removed. While Harry is the second son of Prince Charles, Prince Louis is the second son of Prince William, 38, and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, 38.

Prince Charles is Louis’s grandfather and shares an important trait in common with Prince Harry.

This is because both royals were christened after Prince Charles.

Prince Harry’s full name is Henry Charles Albert David and Prince Louis was christened Prince Louis Arthur Charles.

The custom of passing down Christian names is something of a royal tradition.

Zara Tindall, Princess Beatrice and Princess Charlotte all have Elizabeth as a first name – a touching tribute to the Queen.

Prince Harry and Louis may have more in common than sharing a Christian name.

As second royal sons, their experience of growing up as the brother of an heir may be similar.

Prince William is heir to the British throne and is currently second in the line of succession after his father Charles.

Prince Harry was raised in his older brother’s shadow aware that unlike William he was not being prepared to become Britain’s next king.

The same could be said for little Prince Louis who unlike Prince George is unlikely to ever hold a significant royal role.

Growing up Prince Harry was third in line to the throne but the arrival of William’s three children – George, Charlotte and Louis bumped him down to sixth place.

Prince Louis is currently fifth in line to the throne but will also be pushed down if and when Prince George and Princess Charlotte have children.

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Prince George, Charlotte and Louis will undergo an important change to their royal status when Charles becomes king.

When their grandfather ascends the throne they will all move up a place in the line of succession.

When Prince William becomes king Prince George will inherit the royal titles of the Dukedom of Cornwall and the dukedom of Rothesay.

The law of male primogeniture prevents Princess Charlotte from inheriting any royal peerages but an expert has suggested Prince Louis could one day inherit a dukedom.

Prince Andrew was made the Duke of York on his wedding day, a title he will keep until his death.

As Prince Andrew has two daughters – Beatrice and Princess Eugenie his title cannot pass on to his direct offspring.

This had led to speculation that Louis may inherit the dukedom of York.

There is also a chance that despite his royal withdrawal, Prince Harry could technically become the next Duke of York.

That is because the peerage is traditionally held by the second son of the presiding sovereign which Harry will be when Charles is king.

Constitutional expert Iain MacMarthanne told Express.co.uk: “Without a son, and by the terms of the letters patent under which the dukedom of York was again created in 1986, the death of the present duke will see the title merge with the crown.

“Historically it is a title that has been granted to the second son of the sovereign.”

He added: “Arguably, with Charles’ accession, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex becomes the sovereign’s second son and could under the custom become the next Duke of York in addition to being duke of Sussex.”

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