Edward ‘denied Duke of Edinburgh title to keep son James from inheriting role’


Prince Edward taking on his late father’s ducal title would interfere with the King’s plans to reduce the number of family members working on his behalf and depending on the royal purse.

Prince Edward was expected to inherit his father’s title of Duke of Edinburgh once it merged into the Crown following King Charles’s accession. But speculation has now been rocketing about the sovereign opting out of the agreement he struck with the late Queen and Prince Philip, and not bestowing the title on his younger brother. Royal commentator Richard Eden suggested the change of plans falls in line with the King’s vision for the future of the Royal Family, as the ducal title would continue to pass on to Edward’s descendants until the line runs out.

“That title stays with the Crown but he doesn’t want to give it to him. One of the reasons is that it’s a hereditary title, if he gives it to Edward, it then establishes a new household.

“You’ve got the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh, their son James would inherit that title.

“The view that I was told from the King is that Edward always accepted that slimmed-down monarchy, that’s why his children didn’t become prince and princess.”

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Prince Edward was expected to take on the Edinburgh title after the King’s accession (Image: GETTY)

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Prince Edward and then-Prince Charles agreed the ducal title would be passed on the Wessexes in 1999 (Image: GETTY)

He added: “They had some title, Lady and Viscount, but not that prince title and he accepted that. And this is part of that slimming down.”

Royal sources have since suggested the King is planning to hold on to the Edinburgh title to pass it on to his eldest granddaughter, Princess Charlotte, if she marries.

The insiders suggested the move would also serve as a tribute to the late Queen, who was styled the Duchess of Edinburgh from her wedding in 1947 until her accession in 1952.

They said: “Discussions are underway, but the favoured outcome for the King is that this title ought to go to Princess Charlotte.

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Prince Edward’s son James would be in line to inherit the title of the King conceded it (Image: GETTY)

“It would be a fitting way to remember the Queen – who, of course, had the title Duchess of Edinburgh – and a way for His Majesty to honour the line of succession.”

Princess Charlotte was the first female member of the Royal Family to benefit from a change in primogeniture law, meaning she maintained her position in the line of succession following the birth of her younger brother, Prince Louis, in 2017.

Before the late Queen introduced the change in 2014, female members would automatically be pushed back in the pecking order if a brother was born after – like in the case of Princess Anne following the birth of Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.

In addition to being a loving tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, Charlotte taking on the title of Duchess of Edinburgh upon marriage would also reflect the prominent role she holds in the line of succession.


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