Charles is ‘refusing to give Prince Edward the Duke of Edinburgh title’ after Prince Philip’s death – despite his younger brother being tipped to inherit it more than 20 years ago

  • Dukedom ‘promised’ to Edward after Buckingham Palace announcement in 1999
  • But upon Prince Philip’s death in April the title immediately passed to Charles 
  • It is claimed Charles is considering breaking pledge as he ‘assesses own future’

Charles is refusing to give Edward the Duke of Edinburgh title passed down after Prince Philip’s death despite his younger brother being tipped to inherit it more than 20 years ago, it has been claimed.

The dukedom was expected to be passed to Edward after Buckingham Palace announced in 1999 that he would succeed his father ‘in due course’ with both his parents’ blessing.

He was instead granted the Earl of Wessex title by the Queen after his marriage to Sophie Rhys-Jones that same year. 

But upon Prince Philip’s death in April this year at age 99 the title immediately reverted to Philip’s eldest son, Charles, in line with royal tradition set out in the Letters Patent issued when George VI gave Philip the title in 1947.

It is thought that Charles is now deciding whether to grant the title to Edward, another member of his family, or leave it in abeyance. 

He is said to be considering breaking the 1999 pledge as he assesses his own future, The Sunday Times has said. 


Charles (left) is refusing to give Edward (right) the Duke of Edinburgh title passed down after Prince Philip’s death despite his younger brother being tipped to inherit it more than 20 years ago, it has been claimed

A source told the publication: ‘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.’

And another said: ‘Edinburgh won’t go to them (the Wessexes) as far as the prince is concerned.’

The Duke of Edinburgh title will merge with the crown upon Charles’ eventual accession to the throne meaning that it can be regranted anew to Edward.  

The initial decision to give Edward the title was taken in recognition of his work with, and commitment to, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – of which he is a trustee, as well as chairman of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. 

Philip was the sixth person – including two Dukes of Gloucester and Edinburgh – to bear the title the Duke of Edinburgh.

Philip was the sixth person – including two Dukes of Gloucester and Edinburgh – to bear the title the Duke of Edinburgh

The first was George I’s grandson Prince Frederick, later the Prince of Wales, for whom the title was first created in the Peerage of Great Britain in 1726.

George VI gave Philip the titles of the Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich in the Peerage of the United Kingdom shortly before his marriage to Princess Elizabeth on November 20 1947.

Philip’s great-great-uncle, Prince Alfred Ernest Albert, fourth child and second son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, was also a Duke of Edinburgh in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. 

A Clarence House spokesman told the Sunday Times: ‘We do not comment on matters related to the accession.’

MailOnline has contacted a Buckingham Palace spokesperson for comment. 

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