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.
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.
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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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