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King Charles III saves Royal Family title for Princess Charlotte as tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

Cornwall Live logo Cornwall Live 28/11/2022 Charlotte Becquart
King Charles is reportedly saving the Duchess of Edinburgh title for Princess Charlotte © Getty Images King Charles is reportedly saving the Duchess of Edinburgh title for Princess Charlotte

King Charles III is said to be saving a very special title for Princess Charlotte as a tribute to Queen Elizabeth II. The king is reportedly going to name his granddaughter Duchess of Edinburgh.

Prince Edward was initially due to become Duke of Edinburgh. The late Queen and Prince Philip said their son would inherit it "in due course" when he married Sophie Rhys-Jones in 1999. But it's now claimed that King Charles, who is widely believed to favour slimming down the monarchy, is not keen on the idea.

A source told the Mail on Sunday: "Discussions are underway, but the favoured outcome for the King is that this title ought to go to Princess Charlotte. 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."

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Elizabeth II held the Duchess of Edinburgh title until she became Queen in 1952. It is one of the most senior titles in the Royal Family.

Royals are reported to be discussing what Prince Edward's position within the family could be in the future. "The King wants to slim down the monarchy [so] it wouldn't make sense to make the Earl the Duke of Edinburgh,” a palace source previously told The Daily Mail.

"It's a hereditary title which would then be 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 a prince or princess."

Edward has previously stated how the final decision remains with Charles. He told the BBC: “It was fine in theory, ages ago when it was sort of a pipe dream of my father’s... and 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.”

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