"I don't believe the word 'spare' has ever been uttered inside their home to describe one or more of their babies. It is just not on their radar. They wanted to have a large, loving family," royal expert Kinsey Schofield told an outlet.
The future monarch and consort likely avoid using the word because it is closely associated with Prince Harry, who named his controversial memoir after the term. "Spare" refers to any royal sibling that is next in line to the throne after the heir, which is typically their older brother or sister.
The "spare syndrome" concept goes all the way back to the earliest origins of the British monarchy in medieval times. It is theorized that the backup to the future monarch has a tendency to feel devalued and underappreciated based on the bloodline hierarchy of the institution. In recent years, alternates such as Princess Margaret, Prince Andrew and Harry have frequently caused scandals within the family due to their reduced status.
As The Royal Observer previously reported, the Prince and Princess of Wales are ensuring that Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis are free to "have careers" to prevent feeling inferior to Prince George — a future king.
In his autobiography, the Duke of Sussex stated that the word was frequently used around him while he was growing up. "They would say it without a spirit of judgment, but straight out. I was the shadow, the supporting actor, the plan B. I was brought into this world in case something happened to Willy," he wrote.
Although the next Queen Consort is making sure her two youngest children feel supported, it is believed she is also imparting the importance of royal duties as well. "William and Catherine are teaching their children about royal responsibilities by doing them," Kinsey added.
Even though Charlotte and Louis will reportedly be free to choose their own occupations, both are destined for major royal titles in the decades to come. Charlotte is eligible to become "Princess Royal" to Louis' "Duke of York" during their father's reign, granted the current holders of those positions are deceased. The senior royal monikers typically come with the expectation of lifelong royal service, but with the Crown modernizing, anything is possible.
Daily Express reported on Schofield's comments.