Charles ‘WILL make Prince Edward the Duke of Edinburgh’: Source claims King ‘has had a change of heart’ after his brother felt discussions to bypass him and give the title to Princess Charlotte ‘was a slap in the face’
- The King is said to be keen to make amends with his youngest brother
- Edward was reportedly insulted when Charles considered overlooking him
- Charles was weighing up whether to give Princess Charlotte Edinburgh title
The King is said to be keen to make amends with his youngest brother, Edward, Earl of Wessex, following claims that he was to be bypassed for the title of Duke of Edinburgh.
It had long been thought that the honour would go to the Prince.
But the King has yet to grant it – and well-placed sources said he had discussed whether it might go to Princess Charlotte when she was older.
Now, however, sources close to the family say the King has had a change of heart and the title is likely to be created for Edward after all – possibly in March next year when he turns 60.
The King (left) is said to be keen to make amends with his youngest brother, Edward (right), Earl of Wessex, following claims that he was to be bypassed for the title of Duke of Edinburgh
Well-placed sources said the King had discussed whether it might go to Princess Charlotte when she was older
Tension within the family rose when it appeared that the King might give his late father’s title to his granddaughter, Prince William’s daughter Charlotte.
Charles and Edward are close, and the King is said to have relied on his advice as the threat of a US sex-abuse lawsuit hung over their brother Prince Andrew.
A source close to Edward said: ‘It was a slap in the face, particularly when Edward has been such a help to Charles over the Andrew farrago.
‘Also because the Queen had promised him the title before she died and it was always believed by Edward and Sophie that, in time, the title would then be passed down to their son, Viscount Severn.
‘Now it does look like the tide is turning. Clearly the King has had time to reflect on the late Queen’s wishes.’
One source told The Mail on Sunday that the King might ask for the title to revert to the Crown after Edward dies rather than being passed to his son.
An insider said: ‘The problem is you can have a situation where, in future, a senior title like Edinburgh, which is very important to the Union, is eventually held by someone far removed from the Throne.’
Charles and Edward (pictured with Sophie, countess of Wessex) are close, and the King is said to have relied on his advice as the threat of a US sex-abuse lawsuit hung over their brother Prince Andrew
King Charles is pictured with siblings Princess Anne (left) and Princes Andrew (second from left) and Edward (right) at a Vigil for the Queen at St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh
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