Prince Edward is Prince Philip's favourite son and is due to inherit his father's title when the Duke of Edinburgh passes away, according to several royal commentators. Royal biographer Ingrid Seward revealed in a 1995 book that there is a key difference between Prince Edward and Prince Philip, highlighted by the character traits of Princess Diana and Sarah Ferguson. Ms Seward wrote: “Like his sisters-in-law, the Princess of Wales and Duchess of York, Edward is not afraid to show a degree of softness and sensitivity when he is dealing with people."
She added that “neither Philip, nor his daughter, [Princess] Anne, care to demonstrate” this sensitivity, thereby highlighting a key difference between father and son.
Writing in “Prince Edward: A Biography”, Ms Seward claimed “Prince Edward is a product of his generation”.
She wrote: “[Edward] is more at home with young people with disabilities and handicaps that someone of his father’s background could ever be.
“When Edward meets the disabled he will kneel down straight away and patiently wait for a reply while they struggle with their words."
Diana and Sarah Ferguson highlighted a key difference between Prince Philip and Prince Edward (Image: Getty)