Charles ‘refuses to grant Edward Duke of Edinburgh’ title demoted after Prince Philip’s death

Charles refused to grant Edward the title Duke of Edinburgh which was passed down after Prince Philip’s death even though his younger brother was expected to inherit it more than 20 years ago, it has been claimed.

The title of duke was expected to be awarded to Edward after Buckingham Palace announced in 1999 that he would succeed his father ‘in due course’ with his parents’ blessing.

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

But after Prince Philip’s death in April this year at the age of 99, the title was soon returned to Philip’s eldest son, Charles, in line with royal tradition set out in the Patent Letter issued when George VI granted Philip the title in 1947.

It is thought that Charles is now deciding whether to pass the title on to Edward, the rest of his family, or leave it on hold.

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

Charles (left) refuses to grant Edward (right) the title Duke of Edinburgh which was passed down after Prince Philip’s death even though his younger brother was expected 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 he is, and it’s up to him what happens to the title. It won’t get to Edward.’

And another said: ‘Edinburgh will not go to them (Wessex) as far as the prince is concerned.’

The title Duke of Edinburgh will join the crown once Charles finally ascends the throne, meaning that the title can be bestowed on Edward again.

The initial decision to award Edward the title was taken in recognition of his work with, and commitment to, the Duke of Edinburgh Awards – of which he is trustee, as well as chair of The Duke of Edinburgh International Awards.

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

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

The first was George I’s grandson, Prince Frederick, who later became the Prince of Wales, for whom the title was first made in the Royal Highness of Great Britain in 1726.

George VI granted Philip the titles Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron of Greenwich in the British Nobility shortly before his marriage to Princess Elizabeth on 20 November 1947.

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

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

MailOnline has reached out to a Buckingham Palace spokesperson for comment.

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