Why Harry and Meghan’s children not likely to be given titles

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s children are not likely to be given royal titles due to one key reason, a constitutional expert has claimed. When Charles III became King, the Sussexes’ children became entitled to be called Prince and Princess. There was speculation that the King would officially anoint his youngest grandchildren with their new titles in the near future – however, this has not yet happened. Bob Morris told that this is because the young royals live abroad.  

Asked whether Archie and Lilibet would be officially anointed Prince and Princess and if they would be given HRH titles, Mr Morris said: “Well, that’s a matter for the King, but I’m not sure it will happen. 

“I think it will be very difficult to do if they’re living abroad.

He continued: “I mean, one of the reasons why Harry can’t be a Counsellor of State is that he lives abroad.

“It’s nothing personal, it’s just because they live abroad.”

Counsellors of State are the Monarch’s spouse and the four members of the Royal Family that are next in line to the throne that are over the age of 21. 

Their job is to undertake the King’s duties when he is either unwell or abroad. 

Although Harry is technically still a Counsellor of State, he would not be able to carry out the King’s duties as he is no longer a working royal and he lives in the US. 

Meghan and Harry stepped down from senior royal duties in 2020 and relocated to North America. 

After leaving the firm, they were stripped of their HRH titles and Harry was stripped of his military titles. 

Despite this, their children are still entitled to Prince and Princess titles due to a Letters Patent issued by the King in 1917 which stated that “the children of any Sovereign of these Realms and the children of the sons of any such Sovereign and the eldest living son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales shall have and at all times hold and enjoy the style title or attribute of Royal Highness with their titular dignity of Prince or Princess prefixed to their respective Christian names or with their other titles of honour”.

But Meghan and Harry’s children are still titled Master Archie Mountbatten-Windsor and Miss Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor on the Royal Family’s official website. 

Mr Morris said he cannot think of any historical precedent for the Sussex children’s situation. 

In her bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2021, Meghan said that at the time of his birth, the Firm decided that Archie was not going to be given any titles, or security, which she said was “different from protocol”. 

The Duchess also accused an unnamed member of the Royal Family having “concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born.”

The day after becoming King, Charles used his first address to officially anoint William and Kate, Prince and Princess of Wales.  

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Despite not mentioning any titles for Archie and Lilibet in the address, the King did say he wanted to express his love to Harry and Meghan “as they continue to build their lives overseas”.

The Sussexes now live in Montecito, California, and have only returned to the UK on a handful of occasions since stepping down from senior royal duties. 

Their last trip, which was initially to promote various causes, turned into an extended visit due to the passing of the Queen on September 8. 

It is as yet unclear whether the couple will return to the UK for Charles’s coronation. 

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