Princess Charlotte is subject to a “significant” new title schedule, the royal source claims

It was the wish of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip that upon their deaths the Duchy of Edinburgh would pass to their youngest son Prince Edward, now Earl of Wessex.

But King Charles appears to have other plans, reportedly “saving” the title for third in line to the throne, Princess Charlotte.

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This would make Charlotte, the second child of Prince William and Catherine, Princess of Wales, the first woman to inherit it – rather than receiving the title ‘Duchess of Edinburgh’ through marriage.

If Charlotte is to receive the titles of Edinburgh, whoever she marries will later become the Duke of Edinburgh, last held by Prince Philip for 74 years.

The title of Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh is one of the oldest in the family and the new king is said to want to honor those in the slimmed-down monarchy.

Princess Charlotte could become the next Duchess of Edinburgh. Recognition: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

“Discussions are ongoing but the preferred outcome for the king is that this title should go to Princess Charlotte,” a source told the Mail on Sunday.

“It would be a fitting way of commemorating the Queen – who of course bore the title Duchess of Edinburgh – and a way for His Majesty to honor the line of succession.”

Buckingham Palace has not responded to the claims.

Princess Charlotte is in a unique position as she is the first woman to succeed the British throne.

Queen Elizabeth II smiles at her great-granddaughter Princess Charlotte. Recognition: Samir Hussein/WireImage

Unique position

Charlotte would be the next monarch behind her father, Prince William, and her older brother, Prince George.

The rules were changed by Queen Elizabeth in 2011 so that men no longer precede women in the line of succession.

This meant that if Catherine gave birth to a daughter first, that child would be the next heir to the throne.

William and Catherine welcomed Prince George in 2013, then Charlotte in 2015 and Prince Louis in 2018, meaning Charlotte holds her position ahead of her younger brother.

This was not the case for Queen Elizabeth’s second child, Princess Anne, who lost her place in the line to her younger brothers, Princes Andrew and Edward.

Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte. Recognition: Karwai Tang/WireImage

“Charlotte’s position is historically significant because she is the first female member of the royal family whose place in the line of succession is not surpassed by her younger brother,” the source continued.

“Therefore, it is of constitutional importance that Charlotte be given such an appropriate title, because it is not impossible for her to ascend the throne if, for example, Prince George has no children.”

The Queen’s Wishes

For years, it was expected that Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex would be the next Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex. Recognition: AP

The Palace released a statement of intent in 1999, stating: “The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales have also agreed that, in due course, Prince Edward should receive the Duchy of Edinburgh if the present Title now held Prince Philip finally returns to the crown”.

Unlike his brothers Charles and Andrew, Edward was given a county rather than a duchy.

His biography on the Royal Family website mentions Edward’s dedication to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – a youth awards program founded by Prince Philip to help participants develop skills for life and work.

“His work is particularly focused on the development of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, many of which he has inherited from his father,” the website reads.

“The Earl of Wessex has been very committed to the work of the organization since receiving his own Gold Award in 1986.”

“Direct Heirs”

Rob Jobson, Editor-in-Chief of Sunrise Royal, chimed in, stating that the decision was “everything to do with girl power”.

“In 2011 the Queen changed the laws…no matter what, Charlotte is third in line to the throne and will remain so.

“And if anything happened to William and George, she would be queen.

“And so the king ensures that all lineages go through the direct heirs.

Prince William, Catherine, Princess of Wales and Princess Charlotte. Recognition: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

“The truth is, if he gave the title to Prince Edward, his son Viscount Severn – who will not be an active king going forward – would take that title, so water it down,” he continued.

“The title of Duke of Edinburgh is a very important title – Queen Victoria’s second son was the Duke of Edinburgh – so it’s about making sure the succession doesn’t go too far and stays with the working royals.

“The fact that she (Charlotte) will be the Duchess of Edinburgh, which was the title the Queen held…means her children will be princes and princesses.”

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