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Baby Lilibet, Archie Will Inherit ‘Princess’ And ‘Prince’ Titles When Grandfather Prince Charles Becomes King: Report

KEY POINTS

  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s children will receive HRH titles when Prince Charles becomes king
  • Baby Lilibet and Archie will become “princess” and “prince” when the Prince of Wales takes over
  • All of the monarch’s grandchildren are expected to inherit the HRH title

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s children will be given titles when Prince Charles becomes the new king. To see also : Meghan McCain Apologized For Condoning Trump’s Racist Rhetoric After John Oliver Called Her Out.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their daughter, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, Friday. Lilibet and her big brother, Archie, have no royal titles unlike their cousins Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. However, that will change when the Prince of Wales takes over the monarchy.

Archie and Lilibet will automatically inherit HRH titles when Prince Charles becomes king, People reported. This rule was established by King George V after he issued a Letters Patent in 1917 that read, “The grandchildren of the sons of any such sovereign in the direct male line (save only the eldest living son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales) shall have and enjoy in all occasions the style and title enjoyed by the children of dukes of these our realms.”

Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty magazine, also told People the same thing in a previous interview. He confirmed that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s children will inherit the “prince” and “princess” titles once the Prince of Wales becomes the new monarch.

“As the grandchildren of the Sovereign, they have the right to be upgraded to the style of His or Her Royal Highness. But that begs a question of whether Harry and Meghan want that,” Little said.

“Do they prefer what [Prince] Edward and Sophie have, and not have their children as Their Royal Highnesses with a view to them leading relatively normal lives?” he asked.

In an interview with Oprah Winfrey in March, Markle said there were talks about Archie’s title before she gave birth to him. The duchess said she would have accepted it for her son’s security.

“They were saying they didn’t want him to be a prince or princess, which would be different from protocol, and that he wasn’t going to receive security,” Meghan said. “This went on for the last few months of our pregnancy where I was going, hold on for a second.”

Royal expert Craig Prescott addressed Markle’s claim saying the duchess was wrong in her understanding about the title and security because the two have nothing to do with each other. 

“One [concern is] that is that if Archie had a title, he would get security, but that isn’t quite true,” he told Us Weekly.

Prescott said only the full-time working royals get to have security. He cited Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie who have both received the HRH title but do not enjoy security from the palace because they do not work full-time for the monarchy.

Prince Charles visited the 'Rovers Return' in December 2000 to mark the soap's 40th birthday. Prince Charles visited the ‘Rovers Return’ in December 2000 to mark the soap’s 40th birthday. Photo: POOL WPA / PHIL NOBLE