SOPHIE COUNTESS OF WESSEX is fast becoming one of the most beloved members of the Royal Family. But as the wife of Prince Edward – is she a Princess?
Sophie Countess of Wessex was informally promoted within the Royal Family by Buckingham Palace aides this week as she continues to prove herself and her steadfast commitment to the Royal Family in the wake of Megxit. But is Sophie a Princess?Sophie Countess of Wessex was informally promoted within the Royal Family by Buckingham Palace aides this week as she continues to prove herself and her steadfast commitment to the Royal Family in the wake of Megxit. But is Sophie a Princess?
Sophie has been hailed for her “down to earth” attitude as she takes on more and more responsibility within the Royal Family following the departure of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in march.
The Countess of Wessex joined the Royal Family in 1999 when she married the Queen and Prince Philip’s youngest child Prince Edward.
The couple held jobs outside of the Royal Family until 2002 when they began working as full-time royals.
Sophie Wessex title: Is Sophie Countess of Wessex a Princess? (Image: GETTY)
Sophie Wessex title: Sophie Wessex joined the Royal Family in 1999 when she married Edward (Image: GETTY)
Is Sophie a Princess?
In the Royal Family, royal women hold a range of royal titles including:
Sophie Wessex title: Royal women can hold a range of titles including princess and duchess (Image: GETTY)
But despite years of royal work and being married to Prince Edward, Sophie is not known as Princess Sophie.
Despite late sister-in-law Diana Spencer being called Princess Diana from the time she married Prince Charles, Sophie has never been given the same moniker.
However, Sophie is technically a princess.
But she will never be known as Princess Sophie.
The Princess title is typically reserved for children of the monarch.
The Queen and Prince Philip’s daughter Princess Anne is the only princess of that generation of British royals.
Technically those who marry into the Royal Family, those who marry princes, are technically princesses.
But they are not a Princess in their own name, instead, they are known by their husband’s name.
For instance, Sophie Countess of Wessex could also be called Her Royal Highness, Princess Edward, Countess of Wessex, Countess of Forfar.
Sophie Wessex title: Sophie is not known as Princess Sophie (Image: GETTY)
Sophie Wessex title: Sophie is not a princess in her own right, but she is by her husband’s name (Image: GETTY)
The title of Princess can also be given to a monarch’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Two out of the four of the Queen’s granddaughters have this title: Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.
However, Sophie and Edward’s daughter Lady Louise Windsor does not have HRH title.
The decision not to grant this princess title to these royal grandchildren was a decision made by the couple at the time of their wedding.
At the time of the Wessexes wedding, they broke tradition by requesting the Earl of Wessex title rather than a dukedom.
Edward was due to be made the Duke of Cambridge but instead was made an Earl which is a first for the Royal Family since Tudor times.
Instead, it is thought the couple are waiting to be named the next Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh.
The Telegraph’s Arts and Royal Correspondent Hannah Furness told Harpers Bazaar: “Sophie’s title won’t change now, but at her 1999 wedding to Prince Edward it was made clear that he would one day take the Duke of Edinburgh’s title so she is likely to become a Duchess at some point in the future.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK