Prince Edward ascended to the throne as the 12th in line for the throne upon the death of his mother in September 2022. He was third in line to the throne for the majority of his life, after his older brothers Prince Andrew and Prince Charles. When Charles had children, and then finally grandkids, he fell back several rungs in the hierarchy.
After graduating from college and serving for a short time in the Royal Marines, he worked as an assistant in theater and television production before starting his own business, Ardent Productions. Edward left the business in 2002 to take on full-time responsibilities as a member of the royal family.
Prince Edward: Childhood and Education
In London’s Buckingham Palace on March 10, 1964, Edward Antony Richard Louis was given the name Prince Edward. His siblings are Charles, Anne, and Andrew, and he is the fourth and youngest child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. Edward attended Heatherdown School in Berkshire after attending Gibbs School, which is now known as Collingham College, when he was younger.
He continued on to Gordonstoun School in Scotland, where he completed his A-levels, following in the footsteps of his father and elder brothers. Edward worked as a teacher at Wanganui Collegiate School in New Zealand for a year after graduation. He enrolled at Jesus College at the University of Cambridge after moving back to the UK, where he earned a BA in history in 1986.
Prince Edward: British Marines
Edward enlisted in the Royal Marines following graduation. He left his commando course, though, in the early months of 1987, having barely finished a third of the year’s worth of training. This reportedly made Prince Philip, who was at the time Captain General Royal Marines, furious and disparage his son.
Prince Edward: Production of Theater and Television
After leaving the Royal Marines, Edward made the decision to pursue a career in show business. For his mother’s 60th birthday celebration, he ordered the 1986 Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical “Cricket,” which was his first significant job. As a result, Edward received a job offer from Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Theatre Company, where he assisted in the development of numerous well-known musicals.
Edward’s first venture into television production outside of the theater was “The Grand Knockout Tournament,” a one-time charity event he sponsored in 1987. Later, in 1993, he established Ardent Productions, a television production firm that worked on a number of dramas and documentaries. Edward, however, came under heavy fire from the media for exploiting his royal connections for personal gain.
With a lack of professionalism and television programming that was wholly out of date, Ardent Productions was derided as somewhat of a joke in Britain. Edward left Ardent in 2002 after the business reported losses in almost every year of operation; Ardent was eventually disbanded in 2009.
Prince Edward: Events Involving the Royal Family
In 1999, Edward founded the Wessex Youth Trust with the Countess of Wessex. The Earl and Countess of Wessex Charitable Trust, as the foundation is now known, focuses on assisting and expanding organizations that offer opportunities to young people all around the world. The British Paralympic Association, the National Youth Theatre, the Commonwealth Games Federation, and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire are just a few of the more than 70 charities and institutions that Edward is a patron of.
He has taken on many of his father’s responsibilities, including chairing the International Council of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme. Edward has travelled the world in this capacity to honor the accomplishments of adolescents and young adults. Among many others, he has traveled to Israel, Bahrain, the Caribbean, South Africa, Chile, Sri Lanka, Ghana, and Australia.
Edward was named Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland for the calendar year 2014. He and the Countess of Wessex represented the Queen, among other things, at the 2017 celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah’s accession to the throne of Brunei.
Prince Edward: Honors
Edward has received many awards throughout his time as a prince. When he was 12 years old in 1977, the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal was given to him. The New Zealand Commemorative Medal was the next, and it debuted in 1990. In 2002, Edward was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal. He received the Commemorative Medal for the Centennial of Saskatchewan and the Honorary Member of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit three years later.
Other awards Edward has received include the Canadian Forces Decoration, Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order, and Royal Knight of the Most Noble Order of the Garter.
Prince Edward: Individual Life
Edward first met PR professional Sophie Rhys-Jones in 1994. They made their engagement public five years later, and shortly after that, they wed in Windsor Castle’s St. George’s Chapel. The weddings of Edward’s older brothers, who had grand formal affairs at St. Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, stood in stark contrast to this. James Mountbatten-Windsor and Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor are the couple’s two children. While their official London residence and office are at Buckingham Palace, the Earl and Countess reside in Bagshot Park in Surrey.
Prince Edward: Net Worth
The youngest child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, is Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex. Prince Edward has a $10 million net worth.