Harry's exit from the royal family was full of controversies, costing him a close relationship with his father. A royal expert claims that if the connection is not mended, he may be treated as an outcast while his kids could have royal titles soon.
After more than a year of living away from the palace, as former senior members, Harry and Meghan Markle returned to Britain in honor of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebration.
At the service of thanksgiving in St. Paul Cathedral, the couple was relegated to the second row, sitting far away from Prince Charles, William, and Kate. Their seat was behind the Wessexes.
Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan after the National Service of Thanksgiving to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of the Queen at St Paul's Cathedral on June 3, 2022, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images
GB News anchor Alastair Stewart believed it was a visual snub. Angela Levin, a royal author, also supported this claim, adding that the arrangement made the couple absolutely furious. Having studied Harry while writing his biography, Levin confirmed that his expression showed that he was boiling with anger.
While the author agreed that there was a disparity in the treatment they received compared to William and Kate, she explained that it was not a "total snub" because "they got the proper royal car and they were escorted down the aisle."
Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan at the National Service of Thanksgiving to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of the Queen at St Paul's Cathedral on June 3, 2022, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images
The Sussexes wanted to keep a low profile during their trip to the country while focusing on honoring the Queen with their presence. So it was not surprising that the much-anticipated family reunion did not occur.
Again, neither William nor Charles spoke to Harry during the event, and their seats were far apart. However, following the recent Father's Day celebration, the future king paid a sentimental tribute to his sons via his official Clarence House Instagram page.
Duchess Kate, Prince William, Duchess Camilla, and Prince Charles at the National Service of Thanksgiving to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of the Queen at St Paul's Cathedral on June 3, 2022, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images
Charles shared an admirable throwback snap of him and the boys sitting on the grass, wearing wide-eyed grins. This was taken during their family vacation at Balmoral. The caption was precise, but royal fans could not help but gush over the sweet gesture as they wished their future king a "Happy Father's Day."
This comes after the visual snub, and even though it was apparent there is friction between father and son, such a gesture indicates that a family reconciliation is possible.
WILL HARRY AND MEGHAN MARKLE'S KIDS HAVE A ROYAL TITLE LIKE THEIR PARENTS?
Despite their exit, Harry and his wife can still bear their Duke and Duchess of Sussex titles. However, their kids do not have any title yet, due to the family's laws, not their parents' actions.
The rule guiding the monarchy regarding the title was established in 1917 by King George V, stating that only the Prince or Princess's eldest great-grandchildren get the Prince or Princess title. This explains why their cousins (Prince William and Kate's three kids) have the tags.
Nonetheless, when their granddad becomes the king, Harry's kids, son Archibald and daughter Lilibet will answer prince and princess titles. In the words of Joe Little, the managing editor of Majesty Magazine:
"As the grandchildren of the Sovereign, they have the right to be upgraded to the style of His or Her Royal Highness."
Although this is one of the first things, Charles will do once he ascends the throne, royal expert Andrew Morton says it is ironic, as Harry may be sidelined, losing his chiefly ally within the family once the Queen is no more. The Duke of Sussex remains close to the monarch despite his exit. He added:
"So whilst Harry will be cast in the darkness, his children will have royal titles."
Morton suggests that the only way to avert this is to bury the hatchet between him and William and Charles. It would also win Harry some favors in the future, especially if he is on good terms with the future monarch.
THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF SUSSEX REJECTED THE TITLE FOR ARCHIE DUE TO FEAR
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex during the commemorations for the 100th anniversary of the battle of Vimy Ridge on April 9, 2017 in Lille, France. | Source: Getty Images
It is unclear how the Sussexes would react to their children's future titles. But in the past, when it concerned their son, they uttered their thoughts about honorary titles.
While promoting a publication on the royals following their settlement in the US, Morton claimed that the couple rejected an honorary title for Archie. In his words:
"[Archie] could have taken the title [of] the Earl of Dumbarton…but [Harry and Meghan] decided against that because they felt that the word 'dumb' in the word 'Dumbarton' would have been used as mockery when Archie went to school."
Morton maintained that Harry and Markle are careful about what they portray and have insisted on giving their son the right to choose a title when he is older.
Fans would recall that during their tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey, the Duchess of Sussex revealed that there were discussions in the palace concerning her unborn child's title (she was pregnant with Archie). Then, Markle shared that it is not her or Harry who will make the decisions for the kids, adding that it's their birthright. She said:
"Even though I have a lot of clarity of what comes with the titles good and bad...that is their birthright to then make a choice about."
OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS WILL WITNESS A CHANGE IN THEIR TITLES
There are many speculations regarding the future of the royal family and the British people once the Crown lands on Charles. One of such is that he will be a commendable ruler, ushering in a new beginning.
Also, royal experts believe he will stick to the rules in the book. This means that he would confer titles to different royal family members.
While it is uncertain what titles his youngest son would hold, fans are already aware that his eldest son, William, the second in line to the throne, will be stepping in as the Prince of Wales. At the same time, Kate will be the Princess of Wales—a title that has been associated with Princess Diana for a long time.