Sophie Wessex Could Lose Out On Treasured Title To Princess Charlotte As Duchess Of Edinburgh Role Undecided
PRINCESS Charlotte could be given a new title that was expected to go to Sophie Wessex.
As a touching tribute to the late Queen, King Charles could be set to give the title of Duchess of Edinburgh to his granddaughter instead.
Princess Charlotte is expected to be given the title Duchess of Edinburgh, sources claim.Credit: GettyThe title was expected to go to Sophie, Countess of Wessex previouslyCredit: GettyAs third in line to the throne, after her father, Prince William, and older brother, Prince George, Charlotte could be given the senior title to keep it in the line of succession.
It was previously expected that the royal title would go to Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex, but after months of speculation it’s now thought that the couple could miss out altogether.
A source said: “It would be a fitting way to remember the Queen – who, of course, had the title Duchess of Edinburgh – and a way for His Majesty to honour the line of succession.”
Charlotte, who is seven years old, is the first royal whose line in succession won’t be surpassed by her younger brother, Prince Louis.
A source told the Mail on Sunday: “So it is constitutionally significant that Charlotte should be given such a corresponding title, because it is not beyond the realms of possibility that she will accede the throne if, for example, Prince George does not have children.”
Previously, the crown would have gone to the next male in line, but the rules changed in 2013 when the Princess of Wales was expecting Prince George.
Speaking about potentially receiving the title, Edward told the BBC: “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.”
Edward, unlike his brothers, didn’t become a Duke when he married.
He instead became Earl of Wessex and his wife, Sophie, became Countess.
On his 55th birthday in 2019 he was also given the title of Earl of Forfar.
If King Charles does give the title to Charlotte it will be pretty notable move towards his slimmed-down monarchy.
Although it’s reported the Wessexes are relaxed about the potential change, it could still be disappointing for them.
Charlotte is third in the line of succession to the throneCredit: Getty