Prince Philip could be placed in an unfortunate position much later in his life. When Prince Charles is crowned as King, Camilla Parker Bowles will be styled as the Queen Consort.

The changes in the royal couple’s titles could only mean that they will eventually outrank the Duke of Edinburgh. Prince Philip has been Queen Elizabeth II’s "strength and stay" throughout the past decades. But his commitment to his wife will be outweighed by his eldest son’s future role.

Since the role of King or the head of the monarchy is regarded as the top-most job in the royal family, the Duke of Edinburgh will definitely be outranked by the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall.

However, it is still unclear when this will happen because no one knows when Prince Charles will be crowned as King. At present, Her Majesty has not been showing signs that she’s slowing down.

As such, by the time that Prince Charles takes over the throne, his father may no longer be around. This means that Prince Philip would no longer witness or experience what it’s like to be outranked by his son.

At present, even though Prince Charles is an heir to the throne, Prince Philip’s position in the royal family is still higher compared to his son. According to Reader’s Digest, a duke is the highest rank in Britain’s peerage system. Prince Philip inherited his dukedom after he married the Queen.

Prince Charles, on the other hand, received his title after he was born. The simple explanation is that the Queen decided to call her eldest son a prince. And since Prince Charles has royal blood, he was entitled to be called as such.

The dad of two is also technically a Duke just like Prince Philip. But since the latter is married to the monarch, Prince Philip is regarded with a different level of respect compared to the younger members of the royal family.

Prince Charles, Prince Philip
Princes Charles, Philip is greeted by his son Prince Charles, Prince of Wales as she arrives at the funeral service of Patricia Knatchbull, Countess Mountbatten of Burma at St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge on June 27, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. Getty Images/Matt Dunham-WPA Pool