PRINCE EDWARD is the youngest son of the Queen and Prince Philip who has taken a step up in his royal work since the departure of Prince Andrew, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle from the Royal Family.
Prince Edward, 56, was third in line to the throne at the time of his birth, but is now 11th. Edward currently holds the titles of Earl of Wessex and Earl of Forfar, but which honour will he be given in honour of his father Prince Philip in the future?
The Queen granted a dukedom to Prince Edward upon his marriage to Sophie, Countess of Wessex.
At the time of his marriage, he and Sophie agreed his children would not use the titles of Prince and Princess.
Instead, the couple’s children are named Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.
He was also granted the title of Earl of Forfar in Scotland in March 2018 as a birthday gift.
Prince Edward title: Which title will Edward inherit from Prince Philip one day? (Image: GETTY)
Prince Edward title: Prince Edward is the youngest of the Queen and Prince Philip’s four children (Image: GETTY)
Prince Edward began working as a full-time working member of the Royal Family after his marriage.
Before that time he had a stint in the marines and even worked in television production for a time.
When he joined the Royal Family, Edward began taking on many of the responsibilities and engagements of his father, Prince Philip.
Edward has taken on even more of his father’s former duties since his retirement in 2019.
Prince Edward title: Prince Philip retired from royal life in 2019 (Image: GETTY)
Prince Edward title: Edward’s children do not hold the titles of prince and princess (Image: GETTY)
Despite being a son of the Queen, Prince Edward does not hold the same royal titles as his brothers.
Prince Charles also holds the titles of Prince of Wales and Duke of Cornwall, while Prince Andrew holds the title of Duke of York.
Instead, Prince Edward holds the title of Earl of Wessex rather than a duke.
Edward is the only male child of the Queen and Prince Philip to lack the Duke title.
Royal fans who assume the lack of a duke title is a snub are shocked to learn the decision was actually Prince Edward’s choice.
According to The Telegraph, Edward was intended to be named the Duke of Cambridge.
However, he declined because of a character named Lord Wessex in Shakespeare in Love.
A royal source told the Telegraph: “He liked the sound of it and asked the Queen if he could have that instead.”
Prince Edward title: Edward liked the Wessex title because of a character from Shakespeare in Love (Image: GETTY)
Prince Edward title: Edward will one day become the next Duke of Edinburgh (Image: GETTY)
But his Earldom title may only be temporary and one day he will take on the dukedom currently held by his father Prince Philip.
Prince Edward is due to become the next Duke of Edinburgh, the title currently held by Prince Philip.
According to The Sunday Times, Edward will be handed Philip’s title after his death.
Technically the title will be returned to the crown upon Prince Philip’s death, but according to sources, the title has long been intended to swiftly be given to Prince Edward.
A royal source told the Sunday Times: “The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is very much Prince Edward’s thing.
“That is a big part of what he does now because he will be the next Duke of Edinburgh.”
The prestigious title will pay tribute to Prince Philip and will remain as one of the key roles within the Royal Family, particularly since the Wessex couple are likely to be forced to “increase their duties” following in Prince Philip’s hardworking footsteps.
At the time of taking over the Duke of Edinburgh award, royal biographer Hugo Vickers told the Sunday Times: “Prince Edward has never been personally ambitious.”
He added: “Edward has taken on the role with the [Duke of Edinburgh’s] award to support his father, so it’s a wonderful thing that he could take on his title when the time comes.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK