Archie and Lilibet, the kids of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, have been awarded royal titles.
Princess Lilibet, the name given to the child of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, was recently christened in Los Angeles.
“I can confirm that Princess Lilibet Diana was christened on Friday, March 3 by the Archbishop of Los Angeles, the Rev John Taylor,” a spokeswoman for the pair told People.
When their grandpa King Charles became king, Lilibet, age one, and Archie, age three, were given the titles of Prince and Princess.
Titles of Harry and Meghan’s kids
The website of Buckingham Palace “will now be modified in due course,” according to the BBC, to feature the new titles.
Right now, they go by the names Master and Miss.
According to rumours, the Sussexes want their offspring to have the option of choosing to keep their titles or not.
As King Charles ascended to the throne in the wake of the Queen’s death, Archie and Lilibet were granted the titles of Prince and Princess.
King George V established the guidelines for royal children’s titles in 1917.
Meghan mentioned Archie’s lack of a title in her Oprah Winfrey interview from 2021.
When asked why, she recalled that “they didn’t want him to be a prince or princess, not knowing what the gender would be, which would be different from convention, and that he wasn’t going to receive security.”
This left Oprah shocked, as she replied: “What?”
A royal specialist discusses titles
Nevertheless, royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams has labelled the situation a “difficult affair” due of the ongoing apparent ‘rift’.
According to him, Archie and Lili’s titles were automatically due to them as a result of George V’s 1917 letters patent.
“Of course, this was something that was meant to happen automatically. Each monarch must decide for himself, however there was some concern that it might not.
“Another concern is whether the Sussexes approve of Archie and Lili using them. They want to offer them the choice, of course.
“Obviously, there is a significant rift in the Royal Family, making the situation fairly complicated.
We don’t know whether in fact Harry and Meghan will be attending the Coronation.
“This at least, makes absolutely clear that both Archie and Lili will have the Prince and Princess titles. If they want to use them which is of course somewhat ironic since their parents cannot use the HRH title.”