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Queen should be wary of promoting 'plodder' Prince Edward

The Queen should be wary of promoting ‘plodder’ Prince Edward to her right hand man because he ‘lacks the charm and charisma’ of other members of the Firm such as his wife Sophie, royal expert claims

  • The Queen should be wary of promoting ‘plodder’ Prince Edward to her right hand man because he is ‘no royal superstar’ and ‘lacks the charisma’ of others 
  • Earl of Wessex, 58, has been seen by his mother’s side increasingly frequently in recent months – including joining her at the opening on the Elizabeth Line 
  • Royal author Phil Dampier explained that his wife Sophie – often referred to as the Queen’s favourite – is a ‘much bigger star’ 
  • Latest Platinum Jubilee news as the Queen celebrates 70 years of service

The Queen should be wary of promoting ‘plodder’ Prince Edward to her right hand man because he is ‘no royal superstar’ and ‘lacks the charisma’ of other members of the Firm, a royal expert has claimed.

The Earl of Wessex, 58, has been seen by his mother’s side increasingly frequently in recent months – including joining her at the opening on the Elizabeth Line and accompanying her to A Gallop Through History, the first major event for her Platinum Jubilee.

But her youngest son might not have as prominent a place in the future ‘slimmed down monarchy’ despite being a ‘safe pair of hands’.

Speaking exclusively to Femail, royal author Phil Dampier explained that his wife Sophie – often referred to as the Queen’s favourite – is a ‘much bigger star’.

The Queen should be wary of promoting ‘plodder’ Prince Edward to her right hand man because he is ‘no royal superstar’ and ‘lacks the charisma’ of other members of the Firm, a royal expert has claimed. Edward is pictured in Newton Abbot with Sophie

He explained: ‘It’s quite understandable that Edward would perform more duties as Prince Andrew is in the doghouse and Harry and Meghan have left.

‘He is close to the Queen but there is no doubt that his wife Sophie is a much bigger star.

‘Sophie is brighter, more glamorous and has far more charisma, and I think she has a much bigger role to play in the royal family’.

Prince Andrew stepped back from royal duties in 2019 due to his friendship with late billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.  Prince Harry and Meghan Markle also stepped down from royal duties in 2020. 

Since Edward and Sophie have taken on a more prominent role within the royal family, including a glamorous overseas trip to the Caribbean in April.

It’s rare for Wessexes to do a high profile joint overseas tour that might have otherwise been handed to Harry and Meghan.

The Earl of Wessex, 58, has been seen by his mother’s side increasingly frequently in recent months – including joining her at the opening on the Elizabeth Line  (pictured) and accompanying her to A Gallop Through History, the first major event for her Platinum Jubilee.

‘Edward is a nice enough guy but a bit of a plodder,’ Mr Dampier added.

‘He is fine accompanying the Queen on various jobs as a son and supporter, but he’s not really destined to take on high profile roles in the future of a slimmed down monarchy.

‘Edward had to drop out of sight and take on royal duties after he failed with his TV production company and career in the theatre, as well as quitting the Royal Marines.

‘It’s not been easy for him but he has found solace in a lovely family and he came across very well in interviews after Prince Philip died.

‘He is a safe pair of hands but not a royal superstar!’

The Earl of Wessex has stepped up in recent months. He is seen at a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace with Sophie, Prince William and Kate Middleton

Meanwhile, Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine said the father-of-two ‘is well liked’ by those who work closely with him.

‘I don’t think Edward has had much opportunity to show his personality over the years. But he is well liked by those that work with him. 

‘He was of course a favourite of his father’s and has some similar characteristics, which is why he can sometimes appear abrupt and irritated.

‘He is very close to his sister The Princess Royal and of course Sophie is a favourite of the Queen’s too.

‘I think the Queen needs a right-hand man and as Andrew can no longer fulfil that role in public. 

‘Edward can do so and he lives nearby and he and Sophie are always popping into Windsor Castle for tea. 

‘They were diligent during the pandemic and would wave to the Queen and Philip from the castle grounds just so that they knew they were around. 

‘The Queen is also very fond of her grandchildren – Louise and James.

‘This is Edward’s opportunity to become more high profile and at the same time give the Queen moral support. 

‘He is deft at diffusing potentially awkward moments (he was an actor after all) can make his mother laugh and they share a great love of horses. What more do you need’.

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