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Sophie Wessex and Edward body language ‘shifted’ amid Duke of Edinburgh title row – expert

Sophie, Countess of Wessex, 56, and Prince Edward, 57, are dedicated working royals and have shone as they have taken on a more prominent place in the Firm since Megxit. While it has long been understood that Edward would one day inherit Prince Philip’s Duke of Edinburgh title, royal insiders have recently claimed it may not happen.

Earlier this month, two sources told the Sunday Times Prince Charles, 72, who currently holds the Duke of Edinburgh title, had no intention of handing it on to Edward when he becomes king.

One source said: “The prince is the Duke of Edinburgh as it stands, and it is up to him what happens to the title. It will not go to Edward.”

Another added: “Edinburgh won’t go to them [the Wessexes] as far as the prince is concerned.”

The claims are understood to have come as a shock to Edward and Sophie who Prince Philip asked to take on the title in person shortly before their wedding in 1999.

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Judi claimed Edward may have been “crushed” by the thought he might not inherit his father’s title.

She added: “We have no idea how crushing the latest news of his father’s title might have been, but Edward’s body language here shows signs of a desire to look more confident and dominant or authoritative than usual.”

Edward seemed to take the lead during the engagement when it’s usually his wife Sophie who takes charge, Judi claimed.

She added: “We’ve become used to seeing Sophie in a leadership role on royal visits, while Edward has often appeared quieter beside here.”

Judi said: “Here, though he stands in a dominant and assertive ‘splay’ pose with his hands on his hips and his legs splayed, while his cocked head signals intense and very involved listening.”

The Countess appears more “passive” as she lets her husband take the spotlight, Judi explained.

She added: “Sophie appears to have adopted a more passive tone here, with her barrier gestures making her look less open and less assertive than usual.

“She wears her sunglasses throughout, including inside the building and for the official photo, which is an unusual gesture for a royal.

“She also clutches her bag and scarf with both hands in front of her torso in another barrier gesture that is rare for this usually more open and accessible royal.”

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Sibling Rivalry? Prince Charles might deny brother of Duke of Edinburgh title

Prince Charles is reportedly considering whether or not to pass on his late father’s royal title to his brother Prince Edward.

Who will receive the Duke of Edinburgh title?

According to People, Prince Charles inherited Prince Philip’s Duke of Edinburgh title when his father died in April. When Charles becomes King, the title will merge with the Crown. The new monarch can then decide whether to give it to his youngest brother or another member of the family – or even hold it in abeyance for a time in the future.

In the past, it was reported that the title will go to Edward when the time comes.

At the time of his wedding to Sophie Rhys-Jones in 1999, a statement from Buckingham Palace said that the couple would be titled the Earl and Countess of Wessex. It also noted, “The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales have also agreed that Prince Edward should be given the Dukedom of Edinburgh in due course when the present title now held by the Prince Philip eventually reverts to the Crown.”

Prince Edward, the youngest son of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and his bride Sophie Rhys-Jones ride through the streets of Windsor after their wedding at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. The royal couple met in 1993 at a charity tennis match organised by the Prince. Buckingham Palace announced before the wedding that the Royal couple will in future be known as the Earl and Countess of Wessex. Image: RealTimeImages

Now, drama ensued after the story about the possible change of plan was first reported by The Sunday Times, which quoted a friend of Charles saying, “It is up to him what happens to the title. It will not go to Edward.”

But, “all stories of this nature are speculation and no final decisions have been taken,” a spokesperson told People. “It would be inappropriate and disrespectful to the Queen to comment on matters of accession and we will be maintaining our long-standing policy of not doing so.”

Prominent working royals

Ever since Prince Philip’s death, and since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepped away from their roles as working royals, Prince Edward and Sophie has become prominent royal family members.

They are said to be close to the Queen and have been championing Philip’s Duke of Edinburgh Award, with Edward serving as a trustee of the youth organisation.

In the past, Sophie recalled an interview with the Daily Telegraph in which she spoke about Philip coming to see them a couple of days after their engagement. “We sat there slightly stunned,” she shared. “He literally came straight in and said: ‘Right. I’d like it very much if you would consider that.’” 

Edward pointed out that the title arguably should have been reserved for the older Prince Andrew, but the Queen gave him the royal title of Duke of York title on his wedding day.

“It’s a very bittersweet role to take on because the only way the title can come to me is after both my parents have actually passed away,” Edward said. “It has to go back to the Crown first. My father was very keen that the title should continue, but he didn’t quite move quickly enough with Andrew, so it was us who he eventually had the conversation with. It was a lovely idea; a lovely thought.”

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with the Earl and Countess of Wessex getting into their carriage to take part in the parade during Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse. Image: RealTimeImages

What royal titles to give

There are lots of different titles within the Royal Family. According to Express, for centuries, monarchs have bestowed titles on their family members – often marking big life events such as a royal wedding. And thanks to royal tradition, the Queen can also grant a new ranking to her relatives just because she wants to.

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Will Prince Charles deny passing on late father Duke of Edinburgh’s title to brother Edward

Prince Charles is reportedly having second thoughts about passing the Duke of Edinburgh’s title to his younger brother Prince Edward.

The heir apparent to the British throne inherited the title upon the death of his father Prince Philip on April 9. It was expected that after he ascends to the throne and becomes the King of the United Kingdom, he would pass on his late father’s title to his youngest sibling, Prince Edward. It had been known for a long time that the late Prince Consort intended to bestow the title to his youngest child Prince Edward, who is currently Earl of Wessex, unlike his elder brothers Prince Charles and Prince Andrew, who are Duke of Cornwall and Duke of York respectively.

At the time of Edward’s wedding to Sophie Rhys-Jones in 1999, a statement by the palace had announced that they would be titled the Earl and Countess of Wessex. However, the statement also noted, “the Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales have also agreed that the Prince Edward should be given the Dukedom of Edinburgh in due course, when the present title now held by the Prince Philip eventually reverts to the Crown.”

As revealed by the palace, the Duke of Edinburgh’s title will merge with the Crown when its holder Prince Charles takes over the throne. As the new monarch, he can then decide whether to bestow it on his brother or another member of the royal family, or hold it in abeyance for a time in the future.

According to a new report in The Sunday Times, the Prince of Wales is now thinking about changing the original decision about the title that he had taken with his parents. A friend of the 72-year-old was quoted as saying, “It is up to him what happens to the title. It will not go to Edward.”

Another source claimed, “Edinburgh won’t go to [the Wessexes] as far as the prince is concerned.”

A spokesperson for Prince Charles released a clarification on the matter, but shied away from confirming that the royal still plans to transfer his title to his younger brother. The statement to People magazine read, “All stories of this nature are speculation and no final decisions have been taken. It would be inappropriate and disrespectful to the Queen to comment on matters of accession and we will be maintaining our long-standing policy of not doing so.”

The Wessexes have themselves also commented on inheriting the title in the past, noting that the final decision lies with Prince Charles. While Countess Sophie revealed that her late father-in-law had asked them if they would consider taking on the title just two days after their engagement, her husband noted that his elder brother Prince Andrew could have been the first choice for it.

“It’s a very bittersweet role to take on because the only way the title can come to me is after both my parents have actually passed away. It has to go back to the Crown first. My father was very keen that the title should continue, but he didn’t quite move quickly enough with Andrew, so it was us who he eventually had the conversation with. It was a lovely idea; a lovely thought,” Edward said.

Prince Andrew was gifted the Duke of York title upon his wedding to Sarah Ferguson in 1986, which he still sustains despite quitting royal duties in 2019 due to public uproar over his alleged involvement with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

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5 April 2002: Prince Andrew, Prince Charles, Prince Philip, Princess Anne and Prince Edward walk behind the coffin of the Queen Mother during a ceremonial procession in London
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Duke of Cambridge visits England changing room after Euro 2020 final to share message

England were visited by Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, following their heartbreaking defeat by Italy on penalties at Wembley. Gareth Southgate’s side were beaten 3-2 on spot-kicks after the two teams drew 1-1 over the preceding 120 minutes.

Marcus Rashford hit the post with his attempt while Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka both saw their shots saved by Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.

Jordan Pickford made two saves, including from penalty specialist Jorginho, but Donnarumma’s save from Saka won it for Italy.

It was a cruel way to end a brilliant tournament for England, who reached their first European Championship final and first major final of any kind since 1966.

Things had started exceptionally well when Luke Shaw smashed Southgate’s side ahead after just two minutes.

But Leonardo Bonucci’s close-range equaliser from a corner ensured it went the distance and penalties once again were England’s downfall.

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“I just said to them we could have no recriminations,” he said when asked what he told the players in a huddle on the pitch after penalties.

“We win and lose together. Nobody is left on their own. The calls on the penalties were my own. My decision to ask the players to take the penalties they did, so they have got to walk away from here heads held high.

“They’ve done more than any other team over the last 50 or so years. The players should be incredibly proud of what they’ve done.

“Tonight is hard, of course, because to get so close, you know those opportunities in your life are incredibly rare.”

Italy came into the game unbeaten in 33 matches and their shoot-out victory means they have now won six major trophies.

3 dead, 2 missing after group of tubers go over Duke Energy dam near North Carolina-Virginia border

EDEN, N.C. — Three people are dead and two others — including a 7-year-old boy — are still missing after a group on inflatable tubes went over a Duke Energy dam along the Dan River in Eden, North Carolina, authorities said.

The Rockingham County Sheriff’s office said nine people went tubing Wednesday evening on the Dan River but at some point, several of the tubes came untied and some floated over the Duke Energy dam around 7 p.m.

Authorities said a Duke Energy Plant employee called 9-1-1 on Thursday afternoon to report some people may be in danger on the river,

Four of the nine were found by construction workers around 3:30 p.m. on Thursday. They were “hanging onto various items,” according to the construction workers.
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The rescued tubers were taken to a hospital for treatment.

On Friday, authorities identified the survivors as Rueben Villino, 35, of Eden, his son, 14-year-old Eric Villino, his daughter, 18-year-old Irene Villino and Karlos Villino, 14, of LaPorte, Indiana.

Three bodies were found Thursday night, according to the Rockingham County Emergency Services Director Rodney Cates. Numerous rescue boats and helicopters from the North Carolina Highway Patrol and AirLife out of Virginia joined the search.

The three people found dead were identified as Bridish Crawford, 27, of Eden, the mother of some of Rueben Villino’s children, Antonio Ramon, 30, of Eden, and 14-year-old Sophie Wilson, of LaPorte, Indiana.

“We’re going to stay positive that we can do a rescue rather than a recovery,” Cates said about the two remaining missing tubers. They are looking for 30-year-old Thressa Villino, the sister of Rueben Villino and 7-year-old Isiah Crawford, who is the son of Crawford.

Officials resumed the search for the two others Friday morning. The investigation runs from Rockingham County all the way to the Virginia borderline.

“We have done both an air and water search at this time. We’ve had an aircraft that has flown the river. They flew 6 miles into Virginia, they came back widened their perimeter and flew the ground area adjacent to the river,” Cates said.

Officials said all the people were related and were visiting family in the area.

Tubing is a “regular activity” in the area, but people are discouraged to tube near the dam considering there is a “pretty steep drop” over the dam, authorities told ABC News.

There are warning signs posted on the river near the dam, authorities said,

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George Clooney forced to snub Prince Harry outing leaving Duke to make private trip

George and Amal Clooney arrive for Royal Wedding ceremony

The film star today turns 60 today, and for many he still embodies the coolness, swagger and beauty that he has exuded throughout his long career on screen. Throughout his life Clooney – who made his TV debut in 1978 as an extra on miniseries Centennial – has developed a huge number of celebrity friendships, including with the likes of Hollywood royalty Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Nicole Kidman. But his relationship with a different kind of royalty saw him thrust once again into the spotlight, after he attended Harry and Meghan’s wedding.
Alongside his wife Amal, the pair witnessed the Queen’s grandson marry Meghan, who herself enjoyed a career in acting, at a spectacular ceremony in St George’s Chapel, Windsor, three years ago.

Although there had been a suggestion that George and Amal “didn’t know” the newlyweds well, the two couples’ closeness has been demonstrated on a number of occasions in the years since they tied the knot.

According to pro-Sussex biography Finding Freedom, one of these episodes meant Harry had to take a private outing on one of George’s motorbikes without the star as the Oscar-winner was suffering from a previous accident.

The book claims that the couples met up at the Clooneys’ idyllic Italian villa in Lake Como, just months after the royal wedding.

George Clooney forced to snub Prince Harry outing leaving Duke to make private trip

George Clooney forced to snub Prince Harry outing leaving Duke to make private trip (Image: GETTY)

George Clooney turns 60 years old today

George Clooney turns 60 years old today (Image: GETTY)

Among the other guests to visit the home, which some say is worth an eye-watering £100million, included Harry’s cousin Princess Eugenie.

According to a source, George had arranged for Harry and Meghan to fly out from London to Italy in his private jet, where they were then picked up by an unmarked car and driven away from Milan’s airport.

Prior to the visit in August 2018, George was still recovering from a motorbike accident in Sardinia, which left the star hospitalised.

Reports at the time suggested George’s condition, sustained while he was filming TV series Catch-22, was not life-threatening, and he would later return back to the Lake Como villa.

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George Clooney and Alma were guests at the royal wedding

George Clooney and Alma were guests at the royal wedding (Image: GETTY)

Harry and George share a love of motorbikes and, while Meghan and Amal “spent a lot of time relaxing by the pool”, the Duke “checked out” the Hollywood star’s motorbike collection.

They added: “Harry took one of them out with one of his protection officers.

“George recently had an accident, so he wasn’t back on his bike yet.’

“The Duke and Duchess weren’t the only guests that weekend.

“Eugenie and her fiance, Jack Brooksbank, were already at the villa when Harry and Meghan arrived, their visits overlapping briefly.”

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George Clooney and Alma are now close with the Sussexes

George Clooney and Alma are now close with the Sussexes (Image: GETTY)

And although they appeared to have forged a strong bond, a journalist claimed that prior to the royal wedding in 2018, the Clooneys admitted they weren’t that close with the Sussexes.

Among the guests at the wedding included other celebrities such as Sir Elton John, David and Victoria Beckham, Idris Elba, Oprah Winfrey and Meghan’s castmates from the US show Suits.

In the ceremony, George and Amal were given a “prime pew” to watch the service, and sat next to Lady Carolyn Warren, whose husband John is the Queen’s bloodstock adviser.

But journalist Rachel Johnson detailed a story “doing the rounds” regarding the couples’ relationship.

Royal weddings across the generations

Royal weddings across the generations (Image: EXPRESS)

Ms Johnson claimed that Carolyn Bartholomew – a lady who shared a London flat with Harry’s mother Princess Diana – had been “waiting for the wedding service to start” and struck up a conversation with the Clooneys.

Carolyn, who is also Harry’s godmother, asked them “how they knew Harry or Meghan”.

The journalist added: “‘We don’t’, the Clooneys answered brightly.”

But the Clooneys were invited, along with 200 guests, to the evening reception, which took place at Frogmore House.

Reports from the time suggest George was the last man on the dancefloor at the celebration and danced with both Harry’s wife and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge.

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Prince Harry Earth Day message shows Duke has 'confidence back' after 'nervous trip to UK'

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Judi said: “In the second chunk, Harry makes a brief but touching tribute to Prince Philip’s work in this area, saying he is reflecting on generations of conservation champions ‘including my late grandfather’.

“This tribute seems to bring the Duke very much into Harry’s world, sounding as though Harry is continuing his grandfather’s legacy.

“Harry describes his feelings here: ‘I feel proud and energised’, which suggests pride in his grandfather’s work, but which also suggests his grandfather might be proud of his work, too, as though he has picked up that particular baton.

Judi concluded: “Harry finishes with a nod to his future roles: ‘…this year especially…’ is worded with a specific emphasis to suggest he will be doing important work in the near future.”

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Dashing Prince Philip – how the deceased Duke of Edinburgh was a style icon

A member of the aristocracy in his own right, a Greek prince in exile before he married the Queen, the military played a huge part in Philip’s life.
Serving in the Royal Navy, he wore his uniform to marry then Princess Elizabeth, and later by her side when she was crowned Queen age just 27.

Since, he has taken on the role of a statesman with aplomb.

One of the last surviving people in Britain to have served in the Second World War, he turned his sense of duty to public life, finally retiring at 96.

Always, the royal was impeccably turned out.

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Whether at the polo, in Africa, or Scotland, he was always dressed in the appropriate wear.

A spectacularly well-cut jacket and a sporting tie, along with a pair of Wayfairer-style glasses was a uniform for the royal.

He often wore a jaunty trilby hat, especially to observe his favorite sports including, of course, polo.

Philip was a fan of a double-breasted suit jacket, worn with a discrete, light-coloured pocket square and a sharp tie.

Of course, as the Duke of Edinburgh, he was seen in the traditional kilt and long socks.

In colder weather, the Duke was often wrapped in a British of staple and style, the trench coat.

Whether to church or to a Remembrance Day service, the importance of the military to his life was never far from his wardrobe.

The Duke has passed his love of sharp style to his son Prince Charles, 72.

Charles, who has often been placed on best-dressed lists, is also a fan of a well-made suit.

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