• Wed. May 22nd, 2024

Harry and Meghan’s children will not be granted HRH titles

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s children Archie and Lilibet may not be granted HRH status even though they have now become a prince and princess – because they will not be working royals, an expert said today.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex pictured with daughter Lilibet and son Archie shortly before Christmas last year

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s three-year-old son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor is now Prince Archie, while his one-year-old sister is Princess Lilibet – although it is not clear whether these new titles will actually be used.

And a report today has claimed that following ‘tense discussions’ between the new King and the Sussexes over recent days, Harry and Meghan have been left ‘furious’ that their children will not also now get HRH titles.

When Archie and Lilibet were born they were too far down the line of succession to receive the titles, due to rules from King George V in 1917. But the death of the Queen means they are now the grandchildren of the monarch, rather than the great-grandchildren, and are entitled to be addressed as prince and princess, and to use HRH.

Harry and Meghan remain the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and their titles will not change. The couple have stopped using HRH styles since they quit their roles as senior working royals in 2020, but still retain them.

However, while Prince Andrew no longer uses the status HRH, his daughters Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie still both have the title – which stands for His or Her Royal Highness – despite not being working royals.

While confirmation is awaited on whether Archie and Lilibet will receive HRH titles, royal expert Phil Dampier told MailOnline today that allowing them become a Prince and Princess but not HRH ‘would be a classic compromise’.

He said: ‘The same thing happened to Diana and Fergie after they were divorced from Charles and Andrew. And of course Sarah Ferguson is still the Duchess of York today.

‘Harry and Meghan should be pleased as using Prince or Princess sounds good in the States. But even though their children are still high up in the line of succession they will not be working royals, so it’s quite right they shouldn’t have titles.

‘Lots of people think Harry and Meghan themselves should lose their titles, so I think they should just accept this compromise and be grateful – as it could be a lot worse for them and their children.’

It comes after a source told The Sun : ‘Harry and Meghan were worried about the security issue and being prince and princess brings them the right to have certain levels of royal security. There have been a lot of talks over the past week.’

The source added: ‘But they 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.’

In March 2021, during Harry and Meghan’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, the couple suggested that Archie might be blocked from becoming a prince.

Meghan spoke of her shock at being told Archie would not get police protection because he did not have a title, and claimed he might receive different treatment to the other children of the Royal Family.

She was asked if she believed that was due to race, and replied: ‘In those months when I was pregnant, all around this same time, so we [had] the conversation of he won’t be given security, he’s not going to be given a title.

‘And, also, concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born.’

Archie was allowed to become Earl of Dumbarton, one of his father’s subsidiary titles, when he was born, or could have been Lord Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.

Buckingham Palace said his parents made a personal decision he should be Master Archie instead.

In the Oprah interview, Harry and Meghan indicated that they had been told protocols would be changed once Charles became King, so that Archie would be excluded from becoming an HRH and a prince. The interview was given before Lilibet was born.

For that to happen, the new King would have to issue a Letters Patent amending Archie’s right to be a prince, and Lilibet’s right to be a princess.

Daily mail