Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan: Their children get royal titles

The children of the Queen’s grandson Prince Harry (37) and his wife Duchess Meghan (41) are given royal titles and can henceforth be called Prince Archie (3) and Princess Lilibet (1) – if they, or their parents, wish it and as long as they wants the new king Karl III. (73) does not change the protocol.

With the death of Queen Elizabeth II (96), the son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, is now officially a prince. His younger sister Lilibet “Lili” Mountbatten-Windsor is also entitled to the title of princess following the accession of her grandfather, the Prince of Wales.

Meghan in the Oprah Winfrey interview

But it doesn’t seem so easy if you believe what the then heavily pregnant Duchess Meghan explained in her scandalous interview with American talker Oprah Winfrey (68) in March 2021. In their view, Archie would be denied his title because of his heritage . She had spoken of her shock that Archie would not be given police protection because he has no title.

As The Guardian further summarizes, the Sussexes said in the double interview that they expected Archie to receive the princely title from Charles upon accession, but were said to have been told that protocols would be changed. In line with Charles’ desire for a streamlined monarchy, her child would thus be excluded from becoming HRH and Prince.

When asked in the Winfrey interview if it was important to her that Archie became a prince, Meghan replied: “If it means he’s safe, then of course.” She said this in light of the fact that members of the extended royal family are not automatically entitled to police protection.

The Protocols of King George V

Under the protocols introduced by King George V (1865-1936) in December 1917, the children and grandchildren of a British ruler are automatically entitled to the title of HRH and Prince or Princess. HRH is an acronym for His/Her Royal Highness, which is used to address some members of the British royal family.

But when Archie and Lilibet were born, they were only great-grandchildren of the Empress and not yet grandchildren of the current monarch. Since Thursday, however, they have been grandchildren and great-grandchildren. This would require the king to write an official letter to prevent the two from exercising their right to be prince and princess.

George V’s declaration also meant that until the Queen’s death, only Prince William’s (40) son Prince George (9), the heir to the throne, had the right to be a prince.

Public tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

Apart from these formalities, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan have shown respect for the Queen and painted the website of their Archewell Foundation black to mark her death. “In loving memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,” the site said Thursday. They also added the Regent’s birth and death years: “1926-2022”.

Died peacefully at Balmoral

The Queen died peacefully on Thursday (September 8) at her Scottish estate. The royal family announced this in the evening. The monarch was 96 years old. King Charles III succeeds the throne.

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