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Charles ‘refusing to make brother Edward Duke of Edinburgh’ after Philip’s death
July 11, 2021
Prince Charles is refusing to give Prince Edward their father's title as Duke of Edinburgh, experts claim.
The Earl of Wessex has waited over 20 years to inherit his late father’s title after the Palace announced in 1999 that he would succeed his father in the dukedom “in due course” with the blessing of the Queen and Prince Philip.
However, royal tradition dictated that the title would pass to Charles following the death of his father on April 9, 2021 and now the heir is allegedly reluctant to give it up.
A source close to Charles told the Sunday Times: “The prince is the Duke of Edinburgh as it stands, and it is up to him what happens to the title. It will not go to Edward.”
Another said: “Edinburgh won’t go to them (the Wessexes) as far as the prince is concerned.”
On Charles’ eventual accession to the throne, the title of the Duke of Edinburgh will merge with the crown – meaning the new King will be able to grant Edward the title.
It leaves Charles with the decision of whether to grant the title to Edward, another member of his family, or leave it in abeyance.
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After Edward's marriage to Sophie Rhys-Jones that year, the Queen granted him the title of the earldom of Wessex, a title he chose.
Edward is reportedly aware that it is not certain that he will be granted the title, as he said in a BBC interview: "It was fine in theory, ages ago when it was sort of a pipe dream of my father’s.
"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.
"So yes, it will be quite a challenge taking that on.”
He has also previously described the title as "bittersweet" as it can only be passed to him after both parents die, according to the Sun.
Buckingham Palace has been approached for comment.