Princess Charlotte to break tradition as royal tipped to hold title ‘in her own right’


Princess Charlotte is believed to be in line to receive her great-grandmother’s title of Duchess of Edinburgh when she is older.

“So it’s not related to her husband, and it has a little bit to do with the new guidelines for primogeniture which mean Louis cannot unseat Charlotte’s place in the line to the throne.”

Charlotte already made history at birth when she became the beneficiary of a change in the law of accession, becoming the first princess to maintain her position in the pecking order regardless of any brother born after her.

The King could bestow the title of Duchess of Edinburgh, once held by the late Queen, to his eldest granddaughter upon her majority or when she marries, as senior members of the Royal Family have traditionally been honoured with a new title on their wedding date.

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Princess Charlotte could be made the Duchess of Edinburgh when she grows up (Image: GETTY)

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Prince Edward and Sophie were expected to take on the Edinburgh title (Image: GETTY)

The monarch could also stipulate whether the title is passed down to her children should she have them or if the title should revert back to the Crown upon her death.

The Edinburgh title had initially been expected to pass on to Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, the Countess of Wessex once the King ascended the throne.

Ms Ross continued: “It’s a really interesting conversation now that title was originally, unofficially, promised to the Earl and Countess of Wessex, which is Prince Edward and his wife Sophie and that’s why he’s not a Duke.

“There were conversations when Prince Philip passed that the title would be passed down to Prince Edward, who is now the Earl of Wessex and Forfar but would then be the Duke of Edinburgh.”

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Princess Charlotte made history when she maintained her role in the line of succession (Image: GETTY)

Prince Edward was expected to take on the title because of a notice Buckingham Palace put out following his marriage to Sophie Rhys-Jones in 1999.

The royal website included the plans to have the late Queen’s youngest son succeed his father in the role once the title reverted back to the Crown once Charles became king.

As the eldest son of the Duke of Edinburgh, the then-Prince Charles automatically inherited the title when Prince Philip died in April 2021.

When he became King in September, however, the title became formally merged with the Crown.


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