Prince Harry And Duchess MeghanBoth children have officially inherited their royal titles.
THE palace website updated the names of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s children to Prince Arch of Sussex and Princess Lilibet of Sussex on Thursday for his royal line of succession. Previously, the website was named after the 4-year-old and 21-month-old Master Archie Mountbatten-Windsor and Miss Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor respectively.
On the other hand, Prince Harry’s older brother, Prince WilliamAnd Duchess KateThe children of have always been listed under their royal titles Prince George From Wales, Princess Charlotte of Wales and Prince Louis From Wales.
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Change comes a day later The baptism of Princess Lilibet last week was announced in a statement from Harry and Meghan on Wednesday, marking the first time the couple have publicly referred to their daughter as a princess.
The titles are conferred in accordance with an edict issued by King George V in 1917 which limits the titles of prince and princess to grandchildren of the sovereign’s male line.
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As long as the late Queen Elizabeth II was alive, Harry and his older brother Prince William were the sovereign’s grandchildren. Harry and William’s children, as great-grandchildren, did not receive the titles automatically.
But Elizabeth had the power to change the rules, and in 2012 she decreed that the children of William and his wife, Kate, would be princes and princesses. This decree did not apply to Harry and Meghan.
However, the situation changed when King Charles III ascended the throne After The death of Queen Elizabeth II in September. William and Harry are the king’s sons, meaning their offspring are now royal grandchildren and therefore entitled to be known as prince and princess.
Archie and Lilibet’s title issue took center stage two years ago during Harry and Meghan’s television interview with Oprah Winfrey. Meghan, who is biracial, said when she was pregnant with Archie “they” – presumably the palace – “were saying they didn’t want him to be a prince… which would be different from protocol”.
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Meghan suggested it was because Archie was the “first colored member” of the royal family and would have marked the first time a royal grandchild was not given the same title as other grandchildren.
At the time, royal experts said Meghan’s comments appeared to be based on a misunderstanding of how royal titles are conferred.
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Contributor: Danica Kirka, The Associated Press