Kate Middleton Shock: Prince William's Wife Almost Didn't Get Duchess Of Cambridge Title? Duke Wants Her To Be Princess Catherine

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Kate Middleton and Prince William are very popular for their dukedom title as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. However, according to a report, they almost didn't get the title because it was initially offered to another royal family member who rejected it.

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Kate Middleton And Prince William Almost Didn't Get Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Title

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It's customary for the Queen to bestow newlyweds royal a new title. Prince William and Kate Middleton, who tied the knot on April 29, 2011, were given the new title the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their big day.

The Queen usually gives away dukedom titles to the princes and their wives. For instance, Prince Charles is the Duke of Cornwall, Prince Andrew is the Duke of York and Prince Harry is the Duke of Sussex.

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However, Prince William and Middleton nearly didn't get the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge title because it was previously offered to Prince Edward when he married his wife, Sophie, in 1999. Had Prince Edward said yes, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge title would not be available for Prince William and Middleton.

Prince Edward, the youngest son of the Queen and 14th in line to the throne, turned down the title to become the Earl of Wessex. He favored the title because he admired Colin Firth's fictional character in Shakespeare in Love, Lord Wessex, Elle reported.

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Prince William Wanted Kate Middleton To Be Called Princess Catherine

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When Prince William and Kate Middleton married over a decade ago, she could have had a totally different royal title and could have become Princess Catherine, Yahoo! Entertainment reported.

Prince William was reportedly content to maintain his royal title and wanted his wife to match it. Since he has been known as "prince," he allegedly wants his wife to be called "princess."

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"He wants Kate to become Princess Catherine," a royal courtier told The Telegraph.

However, Prince William couldn't get what he wanted. The title "princess" is only limited to females who are direct descendants of the monarch.

"Kate is a commoner and could not be known as ‘Princess Catherine,'" said Kenneth Rose, a royal historian.

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