The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan, have finally chosen to use their children’s royal titles
The royal family’s website has officially been updated to include the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s children’s royal titles.
The British royal family has made a significant change following the confirmation of the titles of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s children, Lilibet and Archie. The change was made on Thursday morning, with the entries in the line of succession for Archie and Lilibet now reading Prince Archie Harrison of Sussex and Princess Lilibet Diana of Sussex
The confirmation of Lilibet and Archie’s titles came after months of speculation and uncertainty. The couple had previously announced that they would not be using the titles of “Prince” and “Princess” for their children. Instead, they would be known as “Master” and “Miss”.
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It comes after Meghan and Harry used their daughter’s title for the first time as they confirmed that Lili had been christened in an intimate ceremony at their home in Montecito. A spokesperson for the couple said: “I can confirm that Princess Lilibet Diana was christened on Friday, March 3 by the Bishop of Los Angeles, the Rev John Taylor.”
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It was later revealed that Queen Elizabeth II had given her permission for the children to use the titles of “Prince” and “Princess.” Recently, King Charles also agreed that the Duke of Sussex’s children should use their royal titles at the end of 2022 – despite Harry and Meghan stepping back as working royals.
Following the confirmation of the titles, the royal family made a major change to the line of succession. Under the previous rules, Prince Harry was sixth in line to the throne, behind his father, Prince Charles, and his brother, Prince William, and their children.
However, with the confirmation of Archie and Lilibet’s titles, they now move up the line of succession. It’s believed the couple will use their children’s titles in formal settings, but not everyday conversational use.
They are said to be keen not to deny their children their birthright, but to allow them the chance to decide for themselves when older whether to drop or keep using the titles. The rules set out by King George V in 1917 mean Archie and Lili, as the children of a son of a sovereign, are automatically a prince and a princess.
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As the children of a son of the King, they would also have been entitled to be styled His Royal Highness and Her Royal Highness upon his accession, but the style comes from their father and Harry’s HRH status has been in abeyance since his departure from royal life.
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