Baby Lilibet and Archie Will Receive Royal Titles When Prince Charles Ascends the Throne
According to British Royal Family guidelines, Prince Harry’s two children can’t have royal titles under the Queen’s rule. However, that could change when the monarch’s son becomes king.
On June 4, 2021, Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry welcomed their second child, a daughter named Lilibet “Lili” Diana. The child became the youngest member of their family after son, Archie Harrison, 2.
The two children currently don’t have royal titles even though they were born into royalty. The boy and girl were both introduced to the world with the last name Mountbatten-Windsor.
According to People magazine, Queen Elizabeth II’s great-grandchildren can’t be princes or princesses under current guidelines. However, there’s an exception for the children of the eldest son of Prince Charles.
That’s why Harry’s older brother, Prince William, and his wife, Duchess Kate’s children have titles. Their three children are Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and the lastborn Prince Louis.
"Had she not been supportive, they would not have used the names."— CNN (@CNN) June 9, 2021
Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex have denied a report that they did not ask Queen Elizabeth II about naming their daughter Lilibet, after the monarch's childhood nickname. https://t.co/uXYMhAh1PH
However, things might change for the Sussex children when Charles becomes king when the Queen dies. The Sussex children might finally become Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet.
The titles will be given to them because they will be the children of the king's son. The rule that has worked against Harry and Meghan’s children was established by King George V.
Congratulations to The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the birth of Lilibet Diana! The Queen, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted with the news.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) June 6, 2021
Lilibet is Her Majesty’s 11th great-grandchild. pic.twitter.com/dGVeRpd3pK
In 1917, he issued a Letters Patent. The patent stated that the grandchildren of the sons of any sovereign in the direct male line would enjoy all the perks and titles enjoyed by the children of dukes.
The only exception mentioned was that of “the eldest living son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales.” He also said grandchildren of the sovereign had the right to be upgraded to the style of “His” or “Her Royal Highness.”
A Sussex source says that the Queen was the first family Harry called after Lilibet’s birth and during that conversation, he shared the couple’s hope of naming their daughter in her honor. Had she not been supportive, they would not have used the name.https://t.co/5rGmk3h3o4— Omid Scobie (@scobie) June 9, 2021
Under George V’s original rules, Prince George would’ve been the only Cambridge child legally called a Prince. Charlotte and Louis were supposed to go by Lord and Lady Mountbatten-Windsor.
Luckily, the Queen changed the rules in 2012. However, according to the managing editor of “Majesty” magazine, Joe Little, whether the children get titles will depend on Meghan and Harry.
Wishing Archie a very happy 2nd birthday today. 🎈🎂— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) May 6, 2021
📷 Chris Allerton pic.twitter.com/7XMXIKs1Qv
Diana is the Queen’s 11th great-grandchild, and she’s eighth in line to the throne after her brother, Archie, who is seventh. Their father, Harry, is sixth in line, while William is second after Prince Charles.
In a March 2021 tell-all interview, the Sussexes gave the impression that part of the reason their son didn’t get a title was that he was of mixed race. Archie could not get security because he didn’t have a royal title.
Marrying Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Beatrice became an Italian Countess, and their child will inherit the title of Cont or Nobile Donna, according to “Cosmopolitan UK.” Eugenie is married to someone who doesn’t have a title.