Buckingham Palace confirms if Archie and Lilibet can use Prince and Princess titles

Since news broke yesterday that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had christened their daughter as Princess Lilibet Diana, royal fans have been eager to hear from Buckingham Palace about the change.

"I can confirm that Princess Lilibet Diana was christened on Friday, March 3 by the Archbishop of Los Angeles, the Rev John Taylor," a spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex told Cosmopolitan UK on 8 March.

Buckingham Palace later confirmed that the royal website "will now be updated in due course" – confirming that Archie and Lilibet will officially be known as Prince and Princess.

So, what's behind the change?

Following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II in September of last year, there was a shift in the line of succession.

As we already know, Prince Charles became King Charles III and Camilla became the Queen Consort and – under rules established by King George V in 1917 – the children and grandchildren of a sovereign have the right to the title of HRH and Prince or Princess. As a result, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s children are now entitled to royal titles, making them Prince Archie Mountbatten-Windsor and Princess Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.

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Previously, during an interview with Opray Winfrey, Meghan claimed that Archie had been denied a title and expressed her shock at being told he wouldn’t receive police protection because of this. "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," she alleged

When asked about whether Archie being a Prince was important to her, Meghan said: “If it meant he was going to be safe, then of course."

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