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Prince Edward, 57, and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, 56, have played an increasingly important role in The Firm since Meghan Markle (39) and Prince Harry’s departure last year The Earl and Countess of Wessex are working since 2002 as royals and have come to the fore in the last few months

Edward and Sophie have been banned from Bagshot Park in Surrey with their two children Lady Louise Windsor (17) and James, Viscount Severn (13)

While the family may have a private party to mark Edward’s milestone, there is unlikely to be any public fanfare as the royal household is still swaying from Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s claims as it seismic Putting it together with Oprah Winfrey

Asked to share his thoughts on Prince Edward’s birthday, royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams said Edward and Sophie were royals the Queen “could rely on” “

The expert told Expresscouk: “With the number of working royals lower, the Earl and Countess of Wessex are known as a couple the Queen can fully rely on

He added, “During the pandemic, they individually and collectively supported organizations that were involved in the crisis”

Since Prince Philip’s resignation from public life in 2017, Edward has been tasked with continuing his legacy of royal labor

Not only is the Earl responsible for the continuation of Philip’s legendary Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, but he is expected to inherit his father’s title

This means that Edward and Sophie will become the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh when Prince Philip, 99, dies

As he pondered the ramifications of Meghan and Harry’s Oprah interview, Fitzwilliams suggested Edward and Sophie could be made to take on more royal engagements in the future

The expert said: “If he wishes Edward a happy birthday, it may well be that he and Sophie will be asked to make more royal commitments in the future as the monarchy faces its greatest crisis since the disasters of the 1990s “

In the 1990s, the public collapse of Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s divorce has been dubbed The War of Wales and is considered to be one of the most tumultuous periods in recent royal history

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While Edward and Sophie’s two children were given royal titles at birth, they were raised without her

Lady Louise and James can choose whether or not to use their Princess and Prince titles when they turn 18

During her interview with Oprah Winfrey, Meghan touched her son Archie Harrison’s lack of royal title and suggested changing the convention to prevent Archie from becoming a prince

However, according to a constitutional expert, only the sovereign’s children and grandchildren, and not their great-grandchildren, automatically receive royal titles

Expert Iain MacMarthanne told Expresscouk: “Aside from any other consideration or concern, the question of who likes the ‘HRH’ style and the titles ‘Princess’ and ‘Prince’ is clear and is made clear by the 1917 George V edition Letters patent specifies “

He added: “Under the provisions of this patent letter, children of the Duke of Sussex as great-grandchildren of the sovereign would not automatically enjoy style or title because they did not meet the criteria set

“When the Prince of Wales takes the throne, the children can automatically adopt both the style and title, unless this patent is changed”

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World News – UK – Prince Edward celebrates his birthday as “the worst crisis since the 1990s” plagues the royal family

Source: https://www.express.co.uk/news/royal/1407606/prince-edward-birthday-royal-family-crisis-sophie-wessex-evg