King Charles III is reportedly saving the title of Duchess of Edinburgh for his niece Princess Charlotte.

It was previously expected that when Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, died in 2021, the title would be given to Prince Edward.

But Charles inherited the title and now its future is up in air with talks of him saving it for Princess Charlotte as she is third in line to the throne.

“It would be a fitting way to remember the Queen – who, of course, had the title Duchess of Edinburgh – and a way for His Majesty to honour the line of succession,” a source told The Mail on Sunday.

The Palace did not release any comment about the title.

Princess Charlotte is the first female in the Royal Family to not be removed from her line of succession by her younger brother thanks to the Succession to the Crown Act (2013).

The new law saw women born in the Royal Family after October 2011 holding their place of succession no matter if they had a younger male in the family.

“It is not beyond the realms of possibility that she will accede the throne if, for example, Prince George does not have children,” the source continued.

The decision of who becomes the Duke or Duchess of Edinburgh was always going to be King Charles’ decision.

It was also his parents’ wish that Prince Edward would become the next Duke of Edinburgh, but now only time will tell.

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