This Friday, March 10, 2023, the British royal family announced new changes to the royal titles of members of the monarchy. First, the children of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle officially have titles of “prince” and “princess”. While Edward, Earl of Wessex will now be recognized as “Duke of Edinburgh.”
They were not the only ones whose titles have changed. Edward and Sophie’s youngest son has also renewed his position in the royal family.
James Viscount Severn’s new royal title
James, 15, now inherits his father’s title and will be the new Earl of Wessex. The young man ranks 14th in the line of succession to the throne behind his father, the now Duke of Edinburgh.
James received the title of Viscount Severn from birth. A viscount is a title of nobility assigned to a member of the royal family with a rank lower than that of an earl. While Severn is related to his Welsh roots. In Wales, there is a river with that name, which is also the longest river in Britain.
For now, the title of his sister, Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor has not received any modification. Only her parents and brother will have new treatments in the royal family.
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Edward and Sophie decided that they did not want their children to have royal titles or receive the treatment of “Her Royal Highness”.
“We tried to bring them up with the understanding that they were very likely to have to work for a living,” the Countess of Wessex said in revelations published by The Times. “We, therefore, made the decision not to use the titles of Her Royal Highness,” the now Countess of Edinburgh said at the time.