There are various reasons why King Charles allows his adored niece Zara Tindall to repeatedly breach the rules. For starters, the monarch plainly enjoys her enormous protocol-breaking bear hugs, which were on full show at an emotional reunion at the Royal Windsor Horse Show recently.

King Charles, 75, has also been working behind the scenes to restore his declining ranks and hopes to elevate the mother-of-three to her rightful position of princess. And onlookers believe this is the moment he told her.

“He was thrilled to see her, and there was something he said that definitely made her pause for a moment. It would be amazing if he were to make her a princess. She’s like a surrogate daughter for him. He clearly worships her,” an unnamed source told Woman’s Day Australia.

It's evident that the King's initial intentions for a more streamlined monarchy have taken a backseat, with Princess Kate, Princess of Wales, recovering and his own ailments limiting him, and bringing in someone like Zara will have a significant impact.

“She’s an absolute powerhouse for the royals, even in her unofficial capacity. Everyone loves her. She’s an incredible mum, has an amazing husband and she’s won silver at the Olympics. But more than that, Charles adores her and wants her on his team,” the insider stated.

King Charles may have his work cut out for him after good sport Zara stated on the “Total Sport Podcast" in December that she had no regrets about her status.

“I was obviously very lucky that my mother didn’t give us any titles so I really commend her on that. We got to do it a bit our way,” Zara stated. But, King Charles refuses to give up now that they've had their "normal" childhood.

Most, if not all, royal fans know that Princess Anne, 73, welcomed Zara and Peter, 46, into her marriage to Captain Mark Phillips, which terminated in divorce in 1992. When she became a mother, the Princess Royal defied decades of custom by foregoing royal titles and HRH style for her children.

While Peter and Zara were not born with royal status, Queen Elizabeth offered a courtesy title to Anne's children, which her daughter graciously declined in order to provide a more normal childhood.

"I think it was probably easier for them, and I think most people would argue that there are downsides to having titles. So I think that was probably the right thing to do," Princess Anne told Vanity Fair in 2020.

“He wants to do this because it’s wrong that Zara and her brother Peter aren’t princess and prince. They would have automatically been afforded those titles had Anne been a boy. It doesn’t matter that Anne turned down the Queen’s offer to fix this when they were younger. If they’ve changed the laws of succession to include females, then Zara should automatically be a princess,” the informant explained.

“She can turn it down, but Charles is hoping she won’t. He adores her – she’s the daughter he never had – and he respects and admires her as much as his sister,” the tipster furthered.