The two children of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are likely to acquire their royal titles in the future.
The couple has a 2-year-old son, Archie Harrison, and a newborn daughter, Lilibet Diana, who was born on June 4. When the siblings’ grandfather, Prince Charles, succeeds Queen Elizabeth as monarch after her death, the two youngsters will most likely become a prince and princess.
The managing editor of Majesty magazine, Joe Little, explained why in a People Magazine story, and suggested the Sussexes may not want their children to carry royal titles.
According to the outlet, great-grandchildren of the monarch are neither princes or princesses under existing rules, with the exception of offspring of the Prince of Wales’ eldest son. That is why Prince William and Kate Middleton’s three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, have royal titles.
However, when Prince Charles becomes king, Archie would automatically be awarded the title of “prince” and Lili will be given the title of “princess” as the offspring of the king’s son.
“As the grandchildren of the Sovereign, they have the right to be upgraded to the style of His or Her Royal Highness. But that begs a question of whether Harry and Meghan want that,” Little said.
A proclamation signed by King George V in 1917 restricts the titles of prince and princess to the monarch’s children, the monarch’s sons’ children, and “the eldest living son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales” — that is, William’s son George, 7.
“Do they prefer what [Prince] Edward and Sophie have, and not have their children as Their Royal Highnesses with a view to them leading relatively normal lives?” Little continued.
According to Bob Morris of University College London’s Constitution Unit, the regulation was drafted to reduce the increasingly cumbersome number of royal titles.
“Queen Victoria had nine children who were all princes and princesses, and then they had children and so forth, and George V took the view … that something needed to be done to tidy up the situation,” Bob Morris of University College London’s Constitution Unit told Fox News.
The queen has the authority to change the rules, and she decided in 2012 that all of William’s children, not only the eldest, would be princes and princesses.
The Queen bestowed the titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex to Prince Harry, 36, and Meghan, 39, when they married in May 2018. When Archie was born, he was given the “courtesy title” of Earl of Dumbarton. However, the couple declared that he would be known as Archie Mountbatten-Windsor and that he would not be granted a courtesy title. Archie might be awarded the subsidiary Sussex title before inheriting the dukedom in the future.
In their shocking interview with Oprah, Harry and Meghan revealed that they discussed whether Archie would be given a royal title once he was born. Meghan claims she was worried about Archie’s safety when he was born and wanted him to be secure.
“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,” Meghan explained. “This went on for the last few months of our pregnancy where I was going, hold on for a second.”
A royal title does not provide security protection. Full-time working royals, such as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex before they relocated to North America last year, are provided with taxpayer-funded police bodyguards. Senior royals who work outside the family, such as Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie of York, do not.