Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s children now have new titles

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Following yesterday’s [8 September] very sad news that Queen Elizabeth II has passed away, there has been a shift in titles amongst the Royal family. When a reigning monarch passes, those in the line of succession move up a place and inherit new titles.

We already know that Prince Charles is now King Charles III and Camilla will be known as the Queen Consort respectively. As a result, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s children will now be entitled to Royal titles. Archie Mountbatten-Windsor is now technically a prince, while his younger sister, Lilibet ‘Lili’ Mountbatten-Windsor can take on the title of princess.

However, during an interview with Opray Winfrey, their mother, Meghan Markle, once suggested that a ‘prince’ title was denied to Archie and expressed her shock at being told Archie wouldn’t receive police protection because he didn’t have a title. "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," said Meghan.

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Photo credit: WPA Pool - Getty Images

During the March 2021 interview, the couple added they expect Archie would be given the title after Charles ascended the throne. When asked about where Archie being a prince was important to her, Meghan said: “If it meant he was going to be safe, then of course”.

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. However, it is yet to be seen where King Charles III will want a new, slimmed-down monarchy, which could prevent Archie and Lilibet from using their prince and princess titles.

To block these titles, the King would have to issue a Letters Patent amending Archie’s right to be a prince and Lilibet’s right to be a princess.

When news of Queen Elizabeth II’s ill-health first broke, Prince Harry and Meghan were already in Europe for a series of charity events. Upon the news, Harry was able to travel to Balmoral to be with the rest of the Royal family.

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