After Queen Elizabeth II’s death on 8 September, her eldest son Charles became King Charles III and his wife Camilla became Queen Consort. He also announced that his son William and daughter-in-law Kate Middleton are inheriting the titles of Prince of Wales and Princess of Wales. The royal page has already been updated to reflect these changes, but Prince Harry and Ms Markle’s children are still referred to as ‘Archie Mountbatten Windsor’ and ‘Lilibet Mountbatten Windsor’.
Behind the scenes, there is disagreement over the titles of three Archies and one Lilibet.
Under current guidelines, the monarch’s grandchildren can receive the titles of princes and princesses. The rule approved by King George V in 1917 provides: “The grandchildren of any monarch in the direct male line (except the eldest son of the Prince of Wales) shall receive the privileges provided for in the rules for the children of our princes.”
Charles III could change this rule when he became monarch, but he probably won’t.
According to the representative, while the family mourns Elizabeth II, there will definitely not be any decisions or discussions on this issue. It is said that mourning usually lasts for a week after the funeral.
A source previously told people.com: “Archie will definitely be a prince one day. Charles will certainly not hurt his grandson, so it is unlikely that he will make any changes to prevent this from happening. Charles will certainly not suggest that Archie will not be able to enjoy such a title in the near future.”
When Prince Harry, 38, and Meghan, 41, married in May 2018, the Queen gave them the titles Duke and Duchess of Sussex. As soon as Archie was born, he received the title of Earl of Dumbarton. Nevertheless, the couple announced that they do not need such a courtesy title and the son will be known as Archie Mountbatten Windsor. Archie would later be able to claim the secondary Sussex title.
The couple, who decided to give up their royal duties, moved to California in 2020. During Meghan and Prince Harry’s 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey, the Duchess of Sussex revealed that the title debate had been going on since before Archie was born.
“They made it very clear that they didn’t want my child to be a prince or a princess, which would be a departure from protocol, and they wouldn’t get a crown in that case. Such discussions took place during the last months of my pregnancy,” said Ms. Markle. She emphasized that the title would be acceptable to her if she guaranteed that “Archie will be safe”.
“It is not our decision. Although I know a lot of good and bad about titles, it is a natural right, and only then is it a choice,” she added.
In his first speech as king, King Charles III mentioned his younger son and daughter-in-law: “I want to express my love for Harry and Meghan as they build a life across the Atlantic.”
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