‘Inheritance rule no way to treat a Lady’
HER elevation — from Countess of Wessex to Duchess of Edinburgh — is, say friends, a cause of ‘relief’ to King Charles’s sister-in-law, Sophie, eliminating any chance she’ll have to curtsey to Meghan.
But the merry- go- round of titles leaves one baronet’s wife distinctly unamused.
Helen Nall, who has a daughter with her husband, Sir Edward Nall, is appalled that Sophie’s daughter, Lady Louise Windsor, has been ‘leapfrogged’ by her younger brother, James, who’s succeeded Prince Edward as the Earl of Wessex.
‘Imagine if you had a school, the boys have lunch first and the girls have whatever’s left over,’ Lady Nall tells me, denouncing the law of primogeniture by which titles pass down the male line. But she concedes that her husband’s younger brother — and heir presumptive — likes things as they are.
‘He was very dismissive when we said we were campaigning for a law change; I don’t want to give the exact words [he used].’