The Sussexes Are Allegedly "Furious" That Archie and Lilibet Could Be Denied HRH Status When They're Prince/Princess
Now that their grandfather Charles is King, Archie and Lilibet—Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s cute kids—will likely be given Prince and Princess titles. Quick history lesson before we get into it: Under the 1917 Letters Patent by King George V, the title of Prince/Princess can be used by the children of the sovereign, the children of the sovereign’s sons, and the eldest living son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales.
Since Prince Harry is Charles’ second son, his children previously were not guaranteed titles back when Charles was Prince of Wales. But now that Charles is King, Harry and Meghan’s kids are eligible! And it looks like they will be getting the titles—despite a source telling the Daily Mail in 2021 that “Harry and Meghan were told Archie would never be a Prince, even when Charles became King.”
However! Despite being likely named Prince/Princess in the near future, Archie and Lilibet will reportedly not be referred to as HRH (his/her royal highness)—a big issue for Meghan and Harry.
Meghan and Harry are said to be “insistent that Archie and Lilibet are prince and princess,” but “have been left furious that Archie and Lilibet cannot take the title HRH. That is the agreement — they can be prince and princess but not HRH because they are not working royals.”
Note: Meghan and Harry stopped using HRH titles when they stepped away from senior royal duties. Buckingham Palace released a statement at the time, saying “While they can no longer formally represent The Queen, the Sussexes have made clear that everything they do will continue to uphold the values of Her Majesty. The Sussexes will not use their HRH titles as they are no longer working members of the Royal Family.”
Meghan previously spoke about security issues regarding Archie’s lack of title in an interview with Oprah, saying “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. This went on for the last few months of our pregnancy, where I was going, ‘Hold on for a second.’ They said [he’s not going to get security] because he’s not going to be a prince. Okay, well, he needs to be safe so we’re not saying don’t make him a prince or princess, but if you’re saying the title is what’s going to affect that protection, we haven’t created this monster machine around us in terms of clickbait and tabloid fodder. You’ve allowed that to happen, which means our son needs to be safe.”
Charles hasn’t made any public announcements about titles thus far, so it’s still possible Archie and Lilibet could be given HRH status.
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