‘The Palace statement on Prince Edward is not binding,’ according to the Duke of Edinburgh title row.
PRINCE PHILIP’S cherished Duke of Edinburgh title is supposed to be passed on to his son Prince Edward, but the plan has recently been derailed by rumors that Prince Charles may refuse to pass the title on when he becomes king. This website enlisted the help of a constitutional expert to clarify what the future holds for the peerage.
Shortly before his 1947 marriage to Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II), Prince Philip was made Duke of Edinburgh. The title has since received widespread acclaim as a result of Philip’s successful Duke of Edinburgh award scheme, which his youngest son, Prince Edward, 57, has been tasked with carrying on.
Since Philip asked him just before his wedding to Sophie, Countess of Wessex, 56, in 1999, it has been assumed Edward will be the next Duke of Edinburgh, but some insiders have recently indicated he may lose out on the post.
Buckingham Palace issued a statement at the time of Edward and Sophie’s wedding that appeared to confirm the plans.
According to the statement, “The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, and the Prince of Wales have also decided that Prince Edward should be bestowed the Dukedom of Edinburgh in due time when Prince Philip’s current title reverts to the Crown.”
In an interview with the Telegraph after Philip’s death, Sophie and Edward reaffirmed their commitment to upholding the Duke’s legacy.
“We sat there slightly stunned,” the Countess recalls of the moment Philip urged Edward to adopt the title.
“He literally walked in and said, ‘Right.’ I’d be grateful if you could think about it.’
However, royal insiders informed the Sunday Times last weekend that when Charles becomes king, he has no intention of appointing Edward Duke of Edinburgh.
“As it is, the prince is the Duke of Edinburgh, and it is up to him what happens to the title,” a source said. It’s not going to Edward.”
“Edinburgh will not go to them [the Wessexes]as far as the prince is concerned,” another stated.
This website sought the opinion of constitutional expert Iain MacMarthanne on the royal squabble, which he described as a “storm in a teacup.”
When Philip died, Prince Charles, 72, was automatically made Duke of Edinburgh, and when he becomes king, his peerages would join with the crown, allowing him to redistribute them as.