Prince Edward is unlikely to be made the Duke of Edinburgh because of King Charles’ plan to thin the monarchy, The Mirror reported. Edward, the Earl of Wessex, is the only son of Queen Elizabeth II not to be a duke, the report added.
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After Prince Philip’s death last year, the title passed to Charles, but it now appears that it was not given to Edward.
“The king wants to thin the monarchy [so] it would make no sense to make the Earl Duke of Edinburgh. The King wants to thin the monarchy, as is known. That means it wouldn’t make sense to make the Earl the Duke of Edinburgh. It is a hereditary title that would later pass to the son of the Earl and Countess of Wessex, James, Viscount Severn. Essentially, this was accepted by the earl when he accepted that his children would not be a prince or a princess,” the report said.
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The late monarch Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip wanted Edward to inherit the title “in due course” when he married Sophie Rhys-Jones in 1999.
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“The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales have also agreed that Prince Edward will receive the Dukedom of Edinburgh in due course, when the current title held by Prince Philip eventually returns to the Crown,” Buckingham Palace said. he said then in a statement.