On his wedding day, Prince Edward was created Earl of Wessex by the Queen, while his wife Sophie became the Countess of Wessex.
However, Edward had rejected a dukedom from the Queen, breaking from a tradition whereby sons of the sovereign were created royal dukes.
This is said to be because Edward loved the character Lord Wessex from the film Shakespeare in Love, so his mother humoured him and granted him the title Earl of Wessex.
As a result the Queen, via a Buckingham Palace press release, announced Sophie and Edward’s children Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn would be styled as the children of an Earl, rather than as Prince or Princess.
Published at Fri, 22 May 2020 19:04:00 +0000