- King Charles is now the Monarch of the UK
- He has some important decisions to make
- One of them, is a title for his younger brother Edward
For the past 23 years, Prince Edward has been expected to inherit the title of Duke of Edinburgh from his father. Since he's the only of Queen Elizabeth's children without a dukedom title, he was chosen to inherit his father's iconic name.
"Prince Edward should be given the Dukedom of Edinburgh in due course when the present title now held by Prince Philip eventually reverts to the Crown", read a statement from Buckingham Palace.
The Queen and Prince Philip's Wish
When Prince Philip passed, his title reverted back to the Crown, and although Queen Elizabeth didn't pass it to her youngest child... It was both their wish that Prince Edward one day would inherit it, but it seems King Charles isn't willing to fulfill that wish.
Charles' most immediate plan is to slim down the monarchy. Since the Dukedom of Edinburgh is a hereditary title, if given to Edward it would then pass to his son James. Edward agreed that his children wouldn't be named Prince or Princess. So, according to a Palace source, "it wouldn’t make sense to make the Earl the Duke of Edinburgh" and then pass the title to the Viscount of Severn.
Edward once said that "it was fine in theory, ages ago when it was sort of a pipe dream of my father’s". Still, he respects his brother's decision, although it would be "quite a challenge taking that on". Rumor has it, King Charles III wants to keep the title for his grandson, Prince George, when the time comes