Prince Edward’s daughter loses out on title due to ancient tradition

Prince Edward’s daughter has missed out on a royal title due to an ancient tradition that favours sons over daughters.

Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor, 19, will not inherit the title Countess of Wessex with it skipping her for her younger brother, James, who will become the Earl of Wessex.

The move is due to the ancient rules of primogeniture where titles and property go not to the eldest child but to the eldest son.

The Royal Family ended the system of primogeniture that had dictated the line of succession since 1701 in 2013 when the Succession to the Crown Act 2013 ruled that princes no longer take precedence over their sisters.

But it does not affect the situation of Prince Edward’s children as they were born before the law changed.

Lady Louise and her brother took on a more prominent role following the death of the Queen where they joined their cousins including the Prince of Wales and Duke of Sussex in a solemn vigil at their grandmother’s coffin during the lying in state in Westminster Hall.