The future of the Royal Family is always a question on everybody’s lips. What will happen when the Queen dies? What will Prince Charles be like as King? Will the monarchy be as popular?
And what of the younger royals like Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis – how will their role change as they get closer to the crown?
The ‘spare to the heir’ is a well-known royal phrase, it means that any child born after their sibling the heir is a second to them or seen as a spare part to the Firm.
While there have been some hugely successful spares, from Henry VIII to George V and even the Queen’s father George VI, there is a history of spares struggling to carve out a role of their own.
Ever since Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis were born on May 2, 2015 and April 23, 2018 respectively, they have been the spares to their brother, Prince George, who will one day be king.
Following on from the events of the last year and a half where Prince Harry has spoken out about his treatment in the Royal Family and his difficulties in finding a role, a royal expert has spoken out about how the future may be slightly different for spares like Charlotte and Louis.
Majesty magazine editor Ingrid Seward explained to Newsweek:…