The British royal family: Who's who?

James Pheby, Agence France-Presse

Posted at Sep 10 2022 09:04 PM

With Charles now king, who's who among the rest of the senior members of the British royal family?

- William -

Prince William; Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge; and Prince George celebrate in the stands after a UEFA EURO 2020 match in London, June 21, 2021. Johny Sibley, pool/EPA-EFE/file
Prince William; Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge; and Prince George celebrate in the stands after a UEFA EURO 2020 match in London, June 21, 2021. Johny Sibley, pool/EPA-EFE/file

Charles' popular eldest son is now heir apparent, and his modern and socially conscious outlook – a legacy of his mother Diana – is seen to represent the family's future.

The Duke of Cambridge is a vocal campaigner for environmental issues, and is credited with bringing a more relaxed and personal approach to royal duties and hands-on philosophy to raising children.

But he has endured the breakdown of his relationship with brother Harry, with whom he was previously extremely close, since the younger sibling married Meghan Markle and left frontline royal duties.

- Catherine -

William's wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, has so-far proved a model royal, raising three children – George, Charlotte and Louis – and making poised public appearances.

She stepped up appearances at her husband's side as his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II retreated from the public eye, underlining her willingness to take on royal duties. 

But she was also dragged into the William and Harry row, with Meghan accusing her of making her cry on her wedding day.

It has done little to harm her public popularity, with Kate and her husband now the most popular royals, according to the YouGov polling group.

- Harry and Meghan - 

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (from left); Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge; Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex; and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex leave after the royal wedding ceremony of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, in Windsor, Britain, October 12, 2018. Will Oliver, EPA-EFE/file
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (from left); Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge; Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex; and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex leave after the royal wedding ceremony of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, in Windsor, Britain, October 12, 2018. Will Oliver, EPA-EFE/file

Former British Army captain Harry's roguish charm made him a much-loved family member, but the Duke of Sussex has since revealed that he was deeply unhappy in the confines of the role.

He and his American wife Meghan enjoyed a honeymoon period of popularity following their 2018 wedding, but they shocked the family and public by quitting frontline duties in 2020 and with their criticisms of royal life.

The couple now live with their two children, Archie and Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor, in California.

Harry and William were briefly reunited for the funeral of their grandfather Prince Philip and at the unveiling of a statue to their mother in 2021.

- Anne -

Princess Anne arrives on Day 1 of Royal Ascot, in Ascot, Britain, June 14, 2022. EPA-EFE/NEIL HALL
Princess Anne arrives on Day 1 of Royal Ascot, in Ascot, Britain, June 14, 2022. EPA-EFE/NEIL HALL

Elizabeth II and Prince Philip's only daughter, the Princess Royal's straight-talking style, relentless work schedule and unfussy demeanor has earned her high popularity ratings with the British public.

A respected horsewoman, she was the first British royal to compete in the Olympics, at the 1976 Montreal Games, is president of the British Olympic Association, and a member of the International Olympic Committee.

She has two children, Peter and Zara, from her first marriage to Mark Phillips.

- Andrew -

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Andrew stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace with other members of the Royal Family to watch a fly-past during the Trooping of the Colour Queen's birthday parade, in London, June 8, 2019. Neil Hall, EPA-EFE/file
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Andrew stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace with other members of the Royal Family to watch a fly-past during the Trooping of the Colour Queen's birthday parade, in London, June 8, 2019. Neil Hall, EPA-EFE/file

Reportedly Elizabeth's favorite son, Andrew, Duke of York, often courted controversy with his love life and business dealings.

But his relationship with convicted US pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and accusations of a sexual relationship with a minor plunged the family into a full-blown crisis.

The former Royal Navy helicopter pilot, who saw service in the 1982 Falklands War, was stripped of his honorary military titles and charitable positions before he eventually settled a US civil case for sexual assault in February 2022.

Divorced from Sarah Ferguson, the couple have two daughters: Beatrice, who married Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, a descendant of Italian nobility, in 2020, and Eugenie, whose husband Jack Brooksbank is a bar manager and brand ambassador.

In 2021, Beatrice gave birth to a daughter, Sienna, while her sister had a boy, August.

- Edward -

Edward, Earl of Wessex meets people as he visits The Big Lunch on the Long Walk, during the celebrations of the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, near Windsor Castle Britain, June 5, 2022. Neil Hall, EPA-EFE
Edward, Earl of Wessex meets people as he visits The Big Lunch on the Long Walk, during the celebrations of the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, near Windsor Castle Britain, June 5, 2022. Neil Hall, EPA-EFE

The Queen's youngest son, the Earl of Wessex abandoned training to become a Royal Marine commando to go into theatre and television production before stepping up as a full-time royal.

He was widely ridiculed for organizing a 1987 televised charity program involving senior royals based on the popular Europe-wide "Jeux sans frontieres" format ("It's a Knockout" in Britain).

But he has since been rehabilitated, notably taking over the chairmanship of his father's Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme.

Married to the former public relations executive Sophie Rhys-Jones, the couple have two children, Lady Louise and James Mountbatten-Windsor.

- Zara and Mike Tindall - 

Mike Tindall and his wife Zara leave the National Service of Thanksgiving held as part of the celebrations of the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, at St Paul's Cathedral in London, June 3, 2022. Neil Hall, EPA-EFE/file
Mike Tindall and his wife Zara leave the National Service of Thanksgiving held as part of the celebrations of the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, at St Paul's Cathedral in London, June 3, 2022. Neil Hall, EPA-EFE/file

Anne's daughter Zara is generally well-liked, having inherited her mother's earthy philosophy.

An accomplished horsewoman -- she won a silver medal as a member of Great Britain's eventing team at the 2012 Olympics -- she married former England rugby star Mike Tindall, a member of the 2003 World Cup winning team, in 2011.

The couple have three children, Mia, Lena and Lucas.

- Peter Phillips -

Queen Elizabeth and her grandsons Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Peter Phillips (left) attend the 'Patrons Lunch' along the Mall in Central London, June 12, 2016. Stringer UK and Ireland Out, EPA/file
Queen Elizabeth and her grandsons Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Peter Phillips (left) attend the "Patrons Lunch" along the Mall in Central London, June 12, 2016. Stringer UK and Ireland Out, EPA/file

Princess Anne's rugby-loving son courted controversy when he advertised for Chinese company Bright Food, using his status as a "British royal family member" to promote the company's milk.

He has two children, Savannah and Isla, from his marriage to the Canadian-born Autumn Kelly, which ended in divorce in 2021.