Why Prince William May Lose His Title As the Earl of Strathearn

Prince William holds a lot of titles as a senior member of the royal family and will likely gain even more as he gets closer to the throne. But there is a chance that the Duke of Cambridge will be stripped of his title as the Earl of Strathearn in the near future. Here is why William might lose his title following Brexit.

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A look at Prince William’s titles

Members of the royal family hold different titles that are connected to regions throughout the UK. In England, for example, William is known as the Duke of Cambridge. But in Scotland, he goes by the title of the Earl of Strathearn.

William is actually the first person to be named the Earl of Strathearn since Walter Stewart held the title in the 15th century. Stewart died in 1437, relinquishing the title.

As the oldest son of Prince William and Kate Middleton, Prince George will likely inherit the title once his father passes away. George is also third in line to the throne following William and Prince Charles.

Although the royals typically keep their titles until death, there has been a lot of talk that William will lose his title as the Earl of Strathearn in light of Brexit.

Scotland wants to stay in the EU

The UK’s decision to leave the European Union, also known as Brexit, will take effect at the end of January. Although the departure from the EU pertains to all of the countries in the UK, there are many people in Scotland who want nothing to do with it.

According to Express, the people of Scotland have asked for a referendum about leaving the UK, with many of its citizens arguing that they should have a say in their country’s future.

In fact, the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon recently pointed out that Scotland should have “the right to choose its own future.”

If Sturgeon has her way, Scotland will get a referendum at some point this year. If the referendum passes and Scotland gains its independence, then there is a good chance that the country will remain a part of the EU.

That, of course, raises questions about Prince William’s title and whether or not he will retain it following Brexit.

Will William lose his title?

In the event that Scotland leaves the UK and stays in the EU, there is a chance that Queen Elizabeth will remain the country’s monarch.

There are some people in Scotland who would like to see Her Majesty removed, but that would not be an automatic thing if the country won its independence. Instead, it is more likely that Queen Elizabeth would still reign as the Queen of Scotland.

This would be a similar setup as Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, all of which are part of the Commonwealth Nations and acknowledge Queen Elizabeth as their ruling monarch.

Because the royals would still be recognized in Scotland, it is possible that William would retain his title as the Earl of Strathearn. That said, there is also a chance that he could lose the title, though a lot of things would have to be set in motion for that to happen.

Prince William braces for Brexit

With Brexit taking the UK by storm, the royals are doing everything in their power to prepare the monarchy for a future outside of the EU.

William, for example, just hired a new Communications Chief to oversee the Royal Foundation. William and Kate Middleton hired a woman named Edwina Iddles, who has experience working with the Tory Party and Brexit.

The Royal Foundation was founded by Prince William and his brother, Prince Harry, in 2009. Kate joined the organization when she tied the knot with William in 2011.

Meghan Markle did the same after her wedding with Harry in 2018. Harry and Meghan, of course, have since left the Royal Foundation to start their own charity, Sussex Royal. They have also stepped down as senior members of the royal family.

Prince William, meanwhile, has not commented on the rumors surrounding Brexit and his title as the Earl of Strathearn.