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Archie and Lilibet ‘wouldn’t get HRH’ regardless of titles

Prince Harry: Royal expert discusses titles for Archie and Lillibet

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The Sussexes’ children – Lilibet and Archie – would not be entitled to the HRH titles because Meghan Markle and Prince Harry gave up on them by stepping down from senior duties in the Royal Family, a royal expert claimed. Since they stepped back in 2020, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex no longer hold the HRH titles. This could effectively mean their children might not inherit the coveted titles.

Katie Nicholl, Royal Correspondent at Vanity Fair, told Palace Confidential: “They wouldn’t get the HRH anyway because they wouldn’t be able to use it. 

“Because Harry and Meghan can’t. 

“But Prince and Princess is going to carry a lot more weight, of course, in America with what they do. 

“And then, there’s the security issue attached with it.”

Ms Nicholl elaborated: “I think it is one of the legitimate reasons for wanting those titles. 

“And Duke is the title that is owed to Harry because he’s son of the sovereign. 

“And the rules at the moment are that the son of sovereign’s children will also take that title.”

Ms Nicholl is referring to the rule established by King George V in 1917, which says that the “Royal Highness” style may only be conferred to children of the monarch, or to male’s line of grand-children. 

In this particular case, Prince Harry’s children should have automatically inherited the coveted title, the two of them being children of the sovereign’s son.

But since Queen Margarethe of Denmark stripped four of her grandchildren of their royal duties, the fate of the King’s grandchildren – Lilibet and Archie – has come under close scrutiny, with some royal experts wondering if Charles could do the same. 

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are reportedly growing concerned over whether their children will inherit the title, as the Royal Family’s website has not yet updated their status.

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It is believed the Sussexes’ decision to step back from their royal duties in 2020 could prevent their children from being granted the HRH and the extra security associated with it.

And King Charles could decide to change the rules and reshuffle titles in a bid to streamline the Royal Family, royal author Katie Nicholl said. 

A source told The Sun: “That is the agreement — they can be prince and princess but not HRH because they are not working royals.

“There have been a lot of talks over the past week. They have been insistent that Archie and Lilibet are prince and princess. They have been relentless since the Queen died.”

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