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Old 11-01-2016, 08:16 PM
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Originally Posted by septimus View Post
The answers have illuminated far more than OP's original question, but the above excerpt already points to the solution to OP's dilemma. "Prince William of Wales" is the son of "Charles, Prince of Wales." The reversal of the name and title has a big effect: William is just a Prince associated with Wales, while Charles is its nominal ruler! . . .
It's a nitpick but, no, he isn't. The title "Prince of Wales" is a personal honour or dignity granted to the eldest son of the reigning monarch of England (later Great Britain, later the UK), but the holders of this title don't have any role at all, nominal or otherwise, in the government of Wales.

The Prince of Wales is no more the nominal ruler of Wales than his brother the Duke of York is the nominal ruler of York.