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Controversy ensued when a rule change excluded Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s children, a revelation made by the Duchess of Sussex in her widely discussed interview with Oprah Winfrey.

The Queen intervened and altered the name of Prince Louis, the third child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, overturning a historic rule established by King George V.

Born on April 23, 2018, Prince Louis Arthur Charles was given a name deeply rooted in the royal family’s history. His middle name, Charles, pays homage to his grandfather, the Prince of Wales, while Louis is in honor of Prince Charles’s mentor, Lord Louis Mountbatten.

Like his older siblings, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, Louis lacks a surname and is formally addressed as His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge, told the Daily Record.

However, the uncertainty surrounding Louis’s HRH title stemmed from a longstanding rule instituted by King George V in 1917. According to this rule, only the sovereign’s children and grandchildren born through the male line were automatically entitled to the Prince or Princess title.

Great-grandchildren were excluded. Queen Elizabeth overturned this rule for all of William and Kate’s children, ensuring that Louis would not be known as Master Louis Cambridge or Master Louis Windsor.

The controversy deepened when the rule change did not extend to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s children, as revealed by Meghan in her interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2021. Meghan expressed concerns about the lack of security for their son, citing the denial of the Prince or Princess title.

While Meghan claimed this was “different from protocol,” experts have refuted her assertions.

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