The Reason Princess Beatrice Won't Be A Duchess After Her Wedding

With another royal wedding on the horizon, royal watchers are dying to know more about Princess Beatrice's upcoming nuptials to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. One of the things they're wondering about is what the royal's title will be after she ties the knot. Will she receive the title of "duchess" like Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton did after getting married? Or will she be given some other title?

Count Alessandro Mapelli Mozzi, Princess Beatrice's future father-in-law, revealed that the royal will inherit an Italian title after her marriage. Once she and Mozzi tie the knot, Princess Beatrice will take on the titles of "contessa" and "nobile donna" (which translates to "noble woman").

"Edoardo is the only male descendent taking the family into the next generation," the noble told the Daily Mail. "He is a count — his wife will be a countess automatically and any of their children will be counts or nobile donna."

Princess Beatrice will not become a duchess because of a patriarchal tradition

While male descendants of the British monarch and their spouses are typically given the title of "duke" after marriage, which is how Princess Beatrice's mother, Sarah Ferguson, became the Duchess of York, the tradition does not apply to female descendants, according to Insider.

Even though Princess Beatrice is getting a new title, she will likely still continue to go by the title of "princess." Royal commentator and managing editor of Majesty magazine Joe Little told Insider that she is unlikely to use the title of "contessa" at all. "Princess Beatrice's future husband doesn't use his title, so it seems likely that she will do likewise once they are married," said Little. "When she appears in the Court Circular I'd say it will be as 'Princess Beatrice, Mrs Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi."

However Princess Beatrice decides to style herself, her May royal wedding is certain to be a spectacular event.