King Charles III of the United Kingdom will not make Prince Edward the Duke of Edinburgh because he is reserving that title for the Princess Charlotteas reported The Mail on Sunday.
The revelation comes after months of speculation about why King Charles retained the title from his younger brother Edward, who was expected to inherit the dukedom after their father’s death last year. According to a source in the Mail: “Discussions are underway, but the favorable outcome chosen by the King is that this title should go to Princess Charlotte.”
“It would be a fitting way to remember the Queen, who of course held the title of Duchess of Edinburgh, and a way for Her Majesty to honor the line of succession.” As the second daughter of the Prince of Wales, Charlotte is third in line to the throne, after her father, Prince William, and her brother, Prince George.
When the Princess of Wales, Catherine, was expecting her first child, the royal primogeniture rules were changed to allow a girl born to the couple to have the same rights as a boy. The first child, Prince George, was born in 2013. Those new rules meant that Princess Charlotte’s position at birth in 2015 was not affected by the arrival of her younger brother, Prince Louis, in 2018.
The title of Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh is one of the oldest in the Royal Family. Charlotte’s position as the second daughter of the heir to the throne is similar to that of Princess Anne, second daughter of Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth. But unlike Ana, she won’t move down the order of succession until her older brother, Jorge, has children.
When William becomes king, George will become Duke of Cornwall and then Prince of Wales, but not in Duke of Edinburgh.
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A source close to the British palace said: “Charlotte’s position is historically significant because she is the first female member of the Royal Family whose place in the line of succession will not be surpassed by her younger brother. Therefore, it is constitutionally significant that Charlotte is given that corresponding title, because she is not off limits to the possibility that she would accede to the throne if, for example, Prince George is childless.”
The title of Duke of Edinburgh has been bestowed three times in the history of the British monarchy. It was created in 1726 by George I for his grandson, Prince Frederick, who was in the direct line of succession and later became Prince of Wales.
During the reign of Queen Victoria, she recreated the title in 1866 for her second son, Prince Alfred. George VI then awarded the title to the Prince Philip when he married Princess Elizabeth in 1947. The couple became Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh.
For years it was thought that King Charles’s brother, the Prince Edward, the third son of the Queen and Prince Philip, would receive that title, along with his wife Sofia of Wessex.. (E)