Prince Philip’s passing has left a large void within the royal family, especially for the Queen, who for the first time in more than seven decades of the rule will have to go about her duties alone. Notable the Prince’s passing has also introduced quite a shake of events in the royal family, especially when it comes to the title he leaves behind, which a royal expert believes will likely go to his great-grandson, Prince Louis.
Prince Philip was largely known by his title as Duke of Edinburgh, and in a piece with the Daily Mail royal expert Richard Kay placed an unlikely candidate, Prince Louis, as a possible bearer of this title in the future.
Although it was largely expected that Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and the Queen’s youngest child, was next in line to inherit the Duchy of Edinburgh, Prince Charles who is next in line to the throne seems to disagree.
It is still expected to have Edward succeed Prince Philip and Kay says that going against that will come as a shock to him, but Kay also believes the ultimate decision now lies in the hands of the 72-year-old Prince Charles.
Prince Edward was a trustee and expected future patron of the “Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme,” arguably one of Prince Philip’s larger legacies.
According to Kay, Prince Philip’s decision to hand his legacy to his youngest son was born from their close relationship. The late Duke of Edinburgh also did not want the title to merge with the multiple titles available to Charles.
Still though according to the royal expert, Prince Charles might opt for the title to be passed down to his grandson, Prince Louis, son of the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William.
The title was created by King George I for his grandson, Fredrick, it has since been used by Queen Victoria and King George VI, but Charles might opt to keep the title within his line as it has been rumored there exists a silent rivalry between the brothers, Prince Charles and Prince Edward.
There have been unconfirmed speculations that Prince Charles will shake things up in the royal family when he ascends to the throne and introduces changes that will see fewer members of the family bearing titles.
Other changes allegedly lined up by the Prince of Wales upon his ascension is to make his grandchildren, Archie and Lilibet, both from his youngest son, Prince Harry, become “Prince” and “Princess.”