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Prince Charles has “fired a warning shot” to his brother over the Duke of Edinburgh title – with the royal supposedly keen to enforce his slimmed-down monarchy.
Earlier this month, a source close to the Princes of Wales told the Sunday Times that he is reluctant to give it up.
Prince Edward has waited over 20 years to inherit his late father’s title.
Buckingham Palace announced in 1999 that he would succeed his father in the dukedom “in due course” with the blessing ofthe QueenandPrince Philip.
Royal commentator Richard Kay believes Charles’ attitude is motivated by a more modern approach to the monarchy.
He wrote in the Daily Mail: “Charles's charitable portfolio is being streamlined for when he is king and this same forensic approach is being applied to how much and what the royal family does in his reign.
“As it will certainly downsize, it means fewer royals carrying out engagements.
“So it is against a background of a slimmed-down monarchy that the Prince has been developing ideas about working royals, their titles and how they fit in with his vision of a modern Britain.”
He claims the Duke of Cornwall may also be “fatigued” with his brother.
Mr Kay continued: “There is one other issue, of course: sibling rivalry. After two high-profile interviews in which Edward talked about the challenge of inheriting his father's dukedom, it does seem as if there is a bit of 'Wessex fatigue' among some members of 'the Firm' and Charles has fired a warning shot.”
After Charles’ eventual accession to the throne, the title of the Duke of Edinburgh will merge with the crown – meaning the new King will be able to grant Edward the title.
It leaves Charles with the decision of whether to grant the title to Edward, another member of his family, or leave it in abeyance.
After Edward's marriage to Sophie Rhys-Jones that year, the Queen granted him the title of the earldom of Wessex, a title he chose.
Edward said in a BBC interview: “It was fine in theory, ages ago when it was sort of a pipe dream of my father’s.
"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.
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"So yes, it will be quite a challenge taking that on.”
The Daily Star has approached Clarence House for comment.
A spokesperson previously said: “All stories of this nature are speculation and no final decisions have been taken.
"It would be inappropriate and disrespectful to the Queen to comment on matters of accession and we will be maintaining our long-standing policy of not doing so.”
- Prince Charles
- Prince Philip
- Royal Family
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