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Real reason Prince Edward refused Dukedom offered by the Queen before Charles | Royal | News

Real reason Prince Edward refused Dukedom offered by the Queen before Charles | Royal | News

Sophie, the Duchess of Edinburgh, was given an unexpected title when she married Prince Edward in 1999 – but was originally offered a different title that eventually went to Kate, Princess of Wales in 2011. It’s well-known that Prince Edward and his wife Sophie had a very close relationship with the late Queen before she passed away at 96 in 2022. Prince Edward met Sophie Rhys-Jones at a charity event at the Queen’s Tennis Club in London. They announced their engagement six years later on January 6, 1999. Before their wedding, it was announced that they would be known as The Earl and Countess of Wessex. This news surprised everyone because people expected the Queen’s youngest son to get a traditional Dukedom like his older brothers. When King Charles became king after his mother died, he gave his brother Edward their late father Prince Philip’s title: the Duke of Edinburgh, reports the Mirror. The Earl and Countess of Wessex then became known as the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh. But you might wonder why Prince …