Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, and Prince Edward are at a crossroads in their roles as senior royals, a royal writer claims.
According to Express royal correspondent Richard Palmer, a "big question mark" hangs over the couple for when Edward's older brother Charles takes the throne.
Whether the 58-year-old Earl takes on the Duke of Edinburgh title as previously expected, remains one of the biggest unknowns for once Her Majesty's reign is over.
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Speaking on the latest episode of the Daily Express' Royal Round-Up, Mr Palmer revealed what he thought would most likely happen to one of the Royal Family's most popular couples.
Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, may have reportedly earned the title of the Queen's "favourite" but their future roles with Charles heading the Firm is undecided.
Mr Palmer told host Pandora Forsyth: "The other big question mark is over Edward and Sophie.
"Many people had assumed that they would have a role."
He claimed that, according to a royal source, there was an assumption that "there would be no role for any of the non-working members of the Royal Family under King Charles".
He added that this would "include [Princess] Anne".
Mr Palmer suggested that the roles would "depend on timing".
Speaking on Prince Edward and Sophie, Mr Palmer said: "When they got married, it was made clear that the Queen's intention was for Edward to inherit the title of Duke of Edinburgh, after his father's death."
However, he added that "that title has gone back to the Crown, I think".
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"It is, by no means, certain what's going to happen", he concluded.
Prince Edward and Sophie became engaged in January 1999.
Five months later, on June 19, 1999, they got married in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.
The couple have since welcomed two children, a daughter Lady Louise Windsor, and a son James Viscount Severn.
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