Prince Charles: Plans to 'slim monarchy' slammed by host
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Prince Charles is reportedly reconsidering granting his brother Prince Edward the title of Duke of Edinburgh once he becomes king. The youngest son of the Queen has long been suspected to take on the role and it was Prince Philip’s express wish that the Earl of Wessex receives the title. Recent royal reports suggest that the future king does not have a ‘good relationship’ with his brother, and is reluctant to pass on the Dukedom.
Royal expert Charlotte Griffiths discussed the ongoing tension, saying “I don’t know if it is petty, it’s quite a big deal for Edward to become the next Duke of Edinburgh.”
“What I am surprised by is I didn’t know that he didn’t have a good relationship with Edward, this is the first time I’ve understood quite how bad it is.”
“Surely if he was very close with his brother, he wouldn’t want to do this to him.”
Richard Eden, the Daily Mail’s Diary Editor said, “I think it’s very awkward as it was publicly announced at the time of their wedding that he would eventually become Duke of Edinburgh and then the son would become the Earl of Wessex – that was accepted and that’s been repeated in interviews recently.”
“Obviously, it wouldn’t have happened if Prince Philip was still with us, but that’s the brutal nature of monarchy, that Charles will be king and what he wants goes.”
“He’s the one with the power and he’s making that clear.”
In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Prince Edward said the prospect of becoming the Duke of Edinburgh was “bittersweet”.
He told Camilla Tominey, ”it’s a very bittersweet role to take on because the only way the title can come to me is after both my parents have actually passed away. It has to go back to the Crown first.”
Following Prince Philip’s death, the title was inherited by Prince Charles who until now, was widely expected to grant it to his younger brother once he succeeded the throne.
It had been Philip’s wish for his youngest son to inherit the title and its responsibilities.
The Countess of Wessex relayed her father-in-law approaching the couple ahead of their wedding in 1999 and requesting that they take on his title.
She said, “He literally came straight in and said, ‘Right. I’d like it very much if you would consider that’.”
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On their wedding day, Buckingham Palace announced in a statement: “The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales have also agreed that the Prince Edward should be given the Dukedom of Edinburgh in due course, when the present title held now by Prince Philip eventually reverts to the Crown.”
Over the last few years, Prince Edward and his wife Sophie Wessex have begun to take over the responsibilities of the role, including the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
The Earl and Countess of Wessex are now regarded as members of the ‘Marvellous Seven’, the core group of working royals that support the Queen.
The couple are particularly close to Her Majesty and since the death of Prince Philip, have provided support and have increased their public profile to take on more responsibilities.
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