Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Call Prince Archie And Princess Lilibet’s Titles Their “Birthright”
Do you think that there should be Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet’s birthright? If royal houses were the focus of last week's royal universe, royal titles are the focus this week.
For the first time, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's children Archie and Lilibet were referred to as "Prince" and "Princess," according to an official update by Buckingham Palace to the royal family's website and line of succession on Thursday morning.
(Prince Archie of Sussex and Princess Lilibet of Sussex were previously known as "Master Archie Mountbatten-Windsor" and "Miss Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor," respectively.)
And, to avoid any questions as to the change, Harry and Meghan wrote decisively in a statement:
The children’s titles have been a birthright since their grandfather became monarch. This matter has been settled for some time in alignment with Buckingham Palace.
- Harry and Meghan
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According to Page Six, Archie and Lilibet were officially given the titles before Christmas last year.
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Though it appears that the issue has been resolved for some time, the first use of either of the Sussex children's royal titles came when it was announced in a March 8 statement from Harry and Meghan's spokesperson that "Princess Lilibet Diana" had been christened on March 3, the Friday before. The royal family website was updated the following day, March 9.
Though we are only now referring to Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet as such, Harry and Meghan are correct in claiming that they have had the right to use those titles since September 8, when their grandfather, King Charles, ascended to the throne.
(This is in accordance with a Letters Patent issued by King George V in 1917, which stated that any child of the monarch's son—as Archie and Lilibet are—is entitled to use the titles "Prince" or "Princess," as well as "His Royal Highness" or "Her Royal Highness."
Even though this is correct, it took six months for anyone to publicly recognize the children by these titles. Following Her Late Majesty's death, the royal family website was updated, but only to reflect the new titles of Prince William's family, not Harry's.
"After the Queen died, updates were made to the royal website," a Page Six source says, referring to William and Kate's new titles of Prince and Princess of Wales (they were previously the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge). "Despite their birthright, Archie and Lilibet were not given their titles. If the titles had just been updated, along with everyone else, there would be no story."
However, because they weren't, rumors circulated that it was due to the ongoing feud between Charles and Harry.
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According to The Mirror, Harry and Meghan were "frustrated" that the Palace did not immediately recognize their children as Prince and Princess.
It’s no secret among their friends that Harry and Meghan were frustrated Buckingham Palace failed to immediately recognize Archie and Lilibet’s elevated status on its website. It was compounded further when the Prince and Princess of Wales’s titles, and those of their children, were swiftly changed following the Queen’s death in September.
- The Mirror
OK reports that Harry and Meghan "do not plan to use the titles in casual conversations or everyday life. It will only be used in formal situations." Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet are the sixth and seventh in line to the throne of the United Kingdom, respectively.