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Prince Edward admits he sometimes forgets he’s now the Duke of Edinburgh

In poignant comments, Prince Edward had admitted he sometimes forgets he now holds the title which belonged to his beloved father for so many years.

Speaking as he marked his 60th birthday, the new Duke of Edinburgh says he sometimes attends events where he sees name cards bearing his title and thinks ‘yes, but where am I sitting?’

The Duke shared his thoughts with Alan Titchmarsh in a special chat broadcast on ITV1 on March 10th 2024, the day that Edward reached 60.

Prince Edward spoke of receiving the title, which was bestowed on him for life by King Charles in March 2023 to mark his 50th birthday. His Royal Highness said ”it was a huge privilege but also quite a lot of weight of expectation as well. I mean, there’s an awful lot of legacy that came with that title and everything that my father had done. Especially when you’re not inheriting it, it’s a choice….”

And the current Duke was keen to express his appreciation for all that his father had done, saying ”he was just an extraordinary man….he had an extraordinary mind.”

There were also warm words for the Duchess of Edinburgh, with her husband saying ”she’s been an absolutely brilliant rock and I’m incredibly lucky that I found Sophie and that she found me.”

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Lydia Starbuck is Jubilee and Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton who is a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. Her latest book, A History of British Royal Jubilees, is out now. Her new book, The Mysterious Death of Katherine Parr, will be published in March 2024. June is an award winning reporter, producer and editor. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.