Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, could be given a new title if King Charles looks at “slimming down” the monarchy and handing out new titles. Prince William and Kate have already received their new titles as Prince and Princess of Wales, but the new monarch is expected to hand out more titles as he works to modernize the royal family. It has been suggested that Prince Edward could be given the title of his late father Prince Philip as Duke of Edinburgh.
As a result, Edward’s wife Sophie was able to become the Duchess of Edinburgh – a courtesy title held by the Queen from her marriage in 1947 until her accession to Queen in 1952.
Talks have sprung up about how King Charles III will move forward in his new role, and who could face the cutbacks as he tries to shorten the monarchy.
In keeping with tradition, Archie and Lilibet, the children of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are expected to take on the titles of Prince and Princess – something the Sussexes are hoping for.
The tradition started in 1917 when King George V introduced a new rule that allowed children and grandchildren of the monarch to claim titles.
But despite this, Archie and Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor may not get HRH status.
It comes after the Duke and Duchess’s decision to step down as senior members of the firm in 2020.
The couple will be allowed to keep their HRH honors but will not be allowed to use them after moving to California and starting a new civilian life.
Meghan claimed she wanted her kids to have titles so the UK can provide extra security for Archie and Lilibet.
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Sophie and Edward are currently the Earl and Countess of Wessex, but with Charles on the throne, the couple could see a change in their titles.
Prince William is said to support the idea of monarchy reform and will rise as heir to the throne and take on more duties on behalf of his father.
It has been suggested that the king could strip his brother, Prince Andrew, of his title as Duke of York.
Subsequently, Princess Beatrice and Eugenie, daughters of Prince Andrew, could also lose their roles.