A tearful Charles on the Queen’s wedding vows to make Prince Edward Duke of Edinburgh: Palace sources say the Earl of Wessex will not receive his late father’s title as it would pass to his son James and ruin King’s hopes of downsizing. Property’
- The new monarch is preparing to tear up the pledge the Queen and Prince Philip made to Prince Edward in 1999
- “It wouldn’t make sense to make the Earl the Duke of Edinburgh,” a source said, as the monarch plans to “cut weight.”
- It also meant that Sophie of Wessex missed out on becoming Duchess of Edinburgh, breaking a wedding promise
- A Buckingham Palace spokesman tonight declined to comment on the reported detour
Prince Edward is set to pass up the chance to become Duke of Edinburgh as part of King Charles’ plans for a diminished monarchy.
A palace source told the Daily Mail: “The king wants to reduce the size of the monarchy [so] It wouldn’t make sense to make the Earl the Duke of Edinburgh.
The Queen and Prince Philip promised Prince Edward that he would succeed his father as duke after his death.
The pledge was written and given to Edward and his new wife Sophie Wessex as a wedding gift when they tied the knot in June 1999.
King Charles was pictured with his siblings Princess Anne (left), Princes Andrew (second from left) and Edward (right) at a vigil for the Queen at St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh two months ago. The king is about to stop Edward’s ambition to become a duke
Left to right: Sophie Wessex, Prince Edward, Prince Andrew and King Charles attend the Queen’s Thanksgiving Service
But Edward would now miss becoming a duke and Sophie of Wessex, Duchess of Edinburgh, would not be under the palace, as has been claimed.
Prince Philip and the Queen promised Edward the Duke of Edinburgh as a wedding gift in 1999
Instead, King Charles will keep the title himself, though he will not use it, a courtier explained.
They said: The king wants to reduce the monarchy, as is known. This meant that it would not make sense to make the Earl the Duke of Edinburgh. It is a hereditary title which is then passed on to the Earl and Countess of Wessex’s son, James, Viscount Severn.
Essentially, this was accepted by the earl when he agreed that his children would not be prince or princess.
Although the daughters of Edward’s eldest brother, Princes Andrew, are princesses, this came long before King Charles’ ‘skinny’ agenda.
“There was a change in policy,” the source added.
At the time of their wedding in 1999, Buckingham Palace made it clear that Charles approved of his parents’ plans.
The officials issued a statement twenty-three years ago which read: ‘The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales have also agreed to grant Prince Edward the Duchy of Edinburgh in due course when the Prince will now assume the current title. Philip eventually returns to the crown.
It comes days after the king asked parliament to appoint him and Princess Anne as state councilors to stand in on key occasions.
The Wessexes are attending the Royal British Army’s annual Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall this past weekend
King Charles is pictured at a corporate reception at Buckingham Palace this week. He’s planning a “downsizing” monarchy.
Observers noted that this was in large part to avoid the possibility of Princes Harry and Andrew being called upon to complete their official royal duties when the King and Prince William are away.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman declined to comment.
The development emerged 24 hours after a former minister called on the king to ensure his coronation was not a “sworn wake-fest”.
Former minister Sir Edward Lee told the House of Commons that the link between the Church of England and the King needed to be preserved for next year’s coronation.
Like father like son: Philip and Charles laugh together at the unveiling of a statue of the Queen Mother in Dorset in 2016
The Gainsborough MP said: ‘By ancient tradition, a coronation is a deeply religious and spiritual event.
Will he persuade us that the Church of England will use its influence to ensure that it remains as such, and especially the anointing, and not degenerate into a kind of dimly awakening celebration of what is called modern Britain? “
The King’s coronation will take place on Saturday 6 May in Westminster Abbey.
It is expected that it will be more modest than tradition.
He shares the same date as the fourth birthday of Harry and Meghan’s son Archie, which could cause a clash in the Sussex House if the King’s second son is invited to the party.