Edward, Earl of Wessex, was purportedly chosen to inherit the title by his father, Prince Philip.
However, according to the Sunday Times, Prince Charles, who acquired the title immediately after his father’s death, does not want to pass it on to his brother.
Prince Charles will remain the Duke of Edinburgh until he takes the throne. At that point the dukedom returns to the Crown and will be his to appoint. But a source told the newspaper: “The prince is the Duke of Edinburgh as it stands, and it is up to him what happens to the title. It will not go to Edward.”
Another source said: “Edinburgh won’t go to them [the Wessexes]as far as the prince is concerned.”
When Prince Edward married in 1999 Buckingham Palace said in a statement: “The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales have also agreed that Prince Edward should be given the Dukedom of Edinburgh in due course, when the present title held now by Prince Philip eventually reverts to the Crown.”
In an previous interview Prince Edward told the BBC: “It was fine in theory, ages ago when it was sort of a pipe dream of my father’s …. and 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.”
Prince Philip is said to have personally asked Edward to take on the title.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex, told the Daily Telegraph in a previous interview how her husband had been asked to inherit the titke by Prince Philip.
She said: “We sat there slightly stunned. He literally came straight in and said, ‘Right. I’d like it very much if you would consider that’.”
The Earl of Wessex has already taken on some of Philip’s patronages and is trustee of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.
A Clarence House spokesman told the Sunday Times: “We do not comment on matters related to the accession.”