Sophie Wessex plays dodgeball at YMCA in the Cayman Islands
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Helen Nall, who has a daughter with her husband, Sir Edward Nall, is reportedly appalled that Sophie’s daughter, Lady Louise Windsor, has been “leapfrogged” by her younger brother, James, who’s succeeded Prince Edward as the Earl of Wessex. Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, has now been elevated to Duchess of Edinburgh after it was announced that her husband Prince Edward has been given his late father’s Duke of Edinburgh title.
The King conferred the title of Duke of Edinburgh on his youngest brother to mark his 59th birthday.
Like other members of the Royal Family, Edward had a number of titles conferred on him when he married. His other Scottish title is the Earl of Forfar.
He will remain Earl of Forfar, although will use his more senior title of Edinburgh.
His son James will become The Earl of Wessex and Forfar when Edward dies and the now non-hereditary title of Edinburgh reverts to the Crown again.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: “His Majesty The King has been pleased to confer the Dukedom of Edinburgh upon The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Forfar, on the occasion of His Royal Highness’s 59th birthday.
“The title will be held by Prince Edward for His Royal Highness’s lifetime.
“The Dukedom was last created for Prince Philip in 1947, upon his marriage to Princess Elizabeth, who held the title of Duchess of Edinburgh before acceding to the throne in 1952.
“The new Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh are proud to continue Prince Philip’s legacy of promoting opportunities for young people of all backgrounds to reach their full potential.”
Lady Nall told MailOnline: “Imagine if you had a school, the boys have lunch first and the girls have whatever’s left over,” denouncing the law of primogeniture by which titles pass down the male line.
But she conceded that her husband’s younger brother — and heir presumptive — likes things as they are.
She continued: “He was very dismissive when we said we were campaigning for a law change; I don’t want to give the exact words [he used].”
Sophies’s elevation, from Countess of Wessex to Duchess of Edinburgh, has been a cause of “relief” to King Charles’s sister-in-law, eliminating any chance she’ll have to curtsey to Meghan, friends claim.
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Lady Louise and James prefer to keep a low-profile and endeavour to lead normal lives away from the spotlight.
Louise is currently studying English at St Andrew’s – the same prestigious Scottish university where the Prince and Princess of Wales famously met.
In a statement released in August, a royal spokesperson announced: “Having received her A-Level results today, Lady Louise will start at St Andrews University in September to study English.”
The teen had previously studied at St Mary’s School in Ascot. Her chosen subjects were English, History, Politics and Drama.
Louise was just two days into her studies when her grandmother the Queen passed away, and she quickly arrived at Balmoral, which is a two-hour drive from the university, to be with her family.
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