Will Kate Middleton's parents and her siblings be granted royal titles when the royal baby is born? While the question is still up in the air, the Daily Mail reports Tuesday, if they don't, it will be the first time in 1,000 years a future monarch has a title-less grandfather.
Experts suggest the Duchess of Cambridge's father, Michael Middleton, could be granted the title of Earl or Lord of Bucklebury by the Queen. Without a title, the former airline pilot would be the lone grandfather of a sovereign in the last millennium not to have some kind of fancy royal title. That's due to the fact that, like his daughter, he's a commoner who just so happen to become something of extended royal family thanks his daughter marrying the future King of England. In July, she's due to give birth to what will be the third in line to the throne (Sorry, Harry!).
According to reports, in order for Michael Middleton to be granted a title of Lord or Earl or anything else, the Prime Minister would simply have to agree to a recommendation by the Queen that Mr. Middleton should earn such a title. According to reports, it's pretty much that simple.
If Kate Middleton's father is given the title, it would also benefit his wife and other children, Pippa and James Middleton. According to reports, with the Earl title automatically comes the Countess title for Carole Middleton. Kate's younger siblings would also in turn earn royal titles -- most likely Lady Pippa (or more formally Lady Phillipa). Experts suggest James Middleton could potentially land a title such as "Viscount Martineau" which is a nod to the family's dissent from James Martineau a Unitarian leader.