Following the announcement of several new royal titles earlier this month, royal fans with keen eyes caught an error on the official royal family website on Saturday.
The website announced that the Earl of Wessex, who is now Prince Edward’s son James, would be attending a number of royal engagements at Cambridge’s Henry Specters Business Park, National Youth Jazz Orchestra, and Earl of Wessex Theatre.
One supporter remarked, “Goodness, James is certainly stepping up to the mark.” “Is he not the Duke of Edinburgh?” a second chimed in. Another wrote: “You know, you have to keep the kids busy. Lol.”
James’ alleged appearance was false; Prince Edward, who formerly held the title of Earl of Wessex, will lead the outings instead.
The Prince was given the title of Duke of Edinburgh on March 10, his birthday, by his older brother, King Charles. James, 15, received his brand-new title as the Earl of Wessex on the same day that Sophie, Prince Edward’s wife, was formally installed as the new Duchess of Edinburgh.
Despite the history of his father and uncle, James may never succeed to the title of Duke of Edinburgh because, unlike the Earl of Wessex, the Duke of Edinburgh does not pass down through the family.
As a result, Edward’s role won’t be transferred to his children when he passes away. It will instead return to the Crown.
Given his low profile and the likelihood that it will go to another senior royal at that time, James is unlikely to receive it. The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh have made every effort to raise James and his 19-year-old older sister Louise in the most conventional manner possible.