less or lesser in this sentence

Kotfor

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1) He who is of less status than a king is not welcome.
2) He who is of a lesser status than a king is not welcome.

Which one is correct? I am leaning towards the second.
 

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I would say "of lower status". "Lesser" would be my second choice.
 

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What about the article? Is it needed to put it before "lower" or "lesser"? I think with "lesser" it's a must.
 

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"Of lesser status" works for me. There's not much in it.
 
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