PRINCE Edward is reportedly feeling “frustrated” with his brother Prince Charles amid speculation the youngest son of the Queen may not inherit the title of the Duke of Edinburgh despite decades-long plans.
Prince Edward is reportedly growing “frustrated” with Prince Charles after the Prince of Wales threatened to block him from taking the title of the Duke of Edinburgh. Prior to the row, it had been understood that Edward would receive the prominent title, previously held by his late father Prince Philip. The Daily Mail’s Diary Editor Richard Eden said the potential move to block the title had taken Prince Edward aback.
He said that Prince Philip “had pledged” this title to Edward “for all of his life”.
Speaking on MailPlus’ Palace Confidential, Mr Eden said: “There’s something really human about this story I think we can all relate to.
“If your father pledged something to you for all your life and then he dies and you hear one of your brothers or sisters is going to prevent you from receiving what you expect to get from your father.
“You can understand Edward’s frustration, he’s spoken publicly about how he expects this.
Edward and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, have cultivated a public profile in the wake of Prince Philip’s passing
He continued: “But then I sympathise with Prince Charles because he has planned for many years to slim down the monarchy.
“Part of that is he doesn’t want to create new titles.
“If Edward gets the title of Duke of Edinburgh, it would then be handed on to his son and then his son beyond that.
“I think he’s trying to cut down those titles but it’s complicated and it does feel strange times.”
He hinted that Prince Charles “may not have been very happy” about the public profile that Edward and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, have cultivated in the wake of Prince Philip’s passing.
Mr Eden said that the couple had almost become “the spokespeople for the family” in recent months.
Despite speculation of Prince Charles’ plans, the Palace has remained tight-lipped on this issue.
Clarence House told People magazine: “All stories of this nature are speculation and no final decisions have been taken.
“It would be inappropriate and disrespectful to the Queen to comment on matters of accession and we will be maintaining our long-standing policy of not doing so.”
When Edward married Sophie in 1999, Buckingham Palace released a statement that read: “The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales have also agreed that Prince Edward should be given the Dukedom of Edinburgh in due course, when the present title held now by Prince Philip eventually reverts to the Crown.”
Last month, Edward discussed the title with the BBC: “It was fine in theory, ages ago when it was sort of a pipe dream of my father’s and of course it will depend on whether or not the Prince of Wales, when he becomes king, whether he’ll do that, so we’ll wait and see.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK