SOPHIE COUNTESS OF WESSEX is raising her daughter Lady Louise Windsor to follow in her footsteps. However, an outdated law prevents Lady Louise from inheriting her mother’s title.
Sophie Countess of Wessex, 55, is married to Queen Elizabeth II’s youngest son Prince Edward, 56, and the couple have two children together – Lady Louise Windsor, 16, and James Viscount Severn. Prince Edward was made the Earl of Wessex on his wedding day but the title will not pass to his eldest child Lady Louise.
That’s because the law of male primogeniture in Britain prevents daughters from inheriting their fathers’ peerages.
In the UK, hereditary titles can only pass from fathers to sons or ‘heirs male of the body’, which means that daughters miss out.
When Prince Philip, 98, dies Prince Edward is expected to inherit his Duke of Edinburgh title which is then likely to pass onto his son James, Viscount Severn on his death.
However, an active campaign to bring an end to this ‘state-sanctioned gender discrimination’ could change Lady Louise Windsor’s luck.
Sophie Wessex heartbreak: Unfair law means Lady Louise won’t inherit royal title (Image: GETTY)
Sophie Wessex heartbreak: Lady Louise is Sophie and Edward’s eldest child (Image: GETTY)
Daughter’s Rights founder Campaigner Charlotte Carew Pole is behind a campaign to end male primogeniture in Britain.
There is currently a case in the European Court of Human Rights challenging the Government because only sons can inherit titles.
Ms Carew Pole told Express.co.uk: “It’s hard to see how the Government can continue to object, it’s keeping enough pressure on them to see that it’s a matter that won’t go away.”
She added: “More than anything if we could bring this to an end it sends a very simple but powerful message that nowhere is it OK to treat girls differently, with less importance, than sons.”
Sophie Wessex heartbreak: Daughters in Britain can’t inherit their father’s titles (Image: GETTY)
Ms Carew Pole believes ‘prejudice against girls’ should be eliminated from every sector of society.
She said: “It doesn’t matter where you are in society, whether you’re a princess is beside the point, prejudice against girls in favour of boys shouldn’t be allowed.
“It is hugely symbolic legislation but Parliament must do as it says and end the last state-sanctioned gender discrimination.”
However, unless this ‘state-sanctioned discrimination’ is scrapped Lady Louise looks likely to lose out of the Countess of Wessex and Duchess of Edinburgh titles.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex has kept an active royal profile throughout the coronavirus crisis and repeatedly shown her dedication to the crown.
According to royal insiders, the Countess is a favourite of the Queen’s and often shares the car journey to church with her when she visits Sandringham.
Prince Edward is the only one of the Queen’s children not to have divorced and his lasting marriage to Sophie is said to be a key reason the Queen has a soft spot for her.
Sophie recently teamed up with Kate, Duchess of Cambridge for a series of joint video calls.
Sophie Wessex heartbreak: Lady Louise is likely to miss out her little brother James (Image: PA)
The royal duo joined forces for a string of conference calls to nurses around the Commonwealth to thank them for their hard work during the coronavirus pandemic.
Some believe Sophie and Prince Edward have stepped into Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s shoes following the couple’s royal withdrawal in March.
As Sophie and Edward are the second youngest working royal couple after Prince William and Kate they make an obvious fit for a new Fab Four.
Lady Louise has been a regular at royal events with her parents in recent years and some believe she could take on a more significant royal role in future.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK