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King Charles III and Queen Elizabeth II | Prince Harry, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Archie Mountbatten-Windsor | Source: Getty Images
King Charles III and Queen Elizabeth II | Prince Harry, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Archie Mountbatten-Windsor | Source: Getty Images

Harry & Meghan’s Kids May Become Prince & Princess Yet Son’s Friends Don’t Even Know They Are Royals

Olawale Ogunjimi
Sep 14, 2022
10:00 P.M.
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  • Archie and his sister have taken on the title of Prince and Princess following their grandfather's ascension to the throne.

  • Harry and Markle might continue to shield the young tots from the spotlight.

  • Archie and Lilibet have been living like normal children in California.

  • Archie's schoolmates do not know he is royalty.

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Since Queen Elizabeth's tragic demise on September 8, 2022, certain Royal Family members have changed their titles. For example, the reigning monarch, King Charles III, formerly addressed as the Prince of Wales, now has the title of King.

Also, Prince William and Kate Middleton are no longer just the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge but the Prince and Princess of Wales. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's children Archie and Lilibet are not excluded.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, arrive on the Long Walk at Windsor Castle to view flowers and tributes to HM Queen Elizabeth on September 10, 2022, in Windsor, England. | Source: Getty Images

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, arrive on the Long Walk at Windsor Castle to view flowers and tributes to HM Queen Elizabeth on September 10, 2022, in Windsor, England. | Source: Getty Images

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Following King Charles' ascension to the throne, the Sussex kids have now taken on the title of "Prince" and "Princess." However, according to reports, it is up to His Majesty to allow his grandkids to keep the titles.

Under the 1917 Letters Patent by King George V, the prince and princess titles are for the children and grandchildren of a sovereign.

As a result, Archie and Lilibet did not receive titles upon their birth, as they arrived as great-grandchildren of the sovereign. However, now that their grandfather is the King, Harry's children are eligible for the titles.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and her baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation during their royal tour of South Africa on September 25, 2019, in Cape Town, South Africa. | Source: Getty Images

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and her baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation during their royal tour of South Africa on September 25, 2019, in Cape Town, South Africa. | Source: Getty Images

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The pair will hold onto the titles until the monarch specifically issues a Letters Patent amending Archie and Lilibet's rights to be prince and princess.

This is not the first time much has been said about Archie and Lilibet's royal titles. In 2021, Markle made the headlines when she revealed to Oprah Winfrey that she was shocked to hear the Royal Family would not give Archie police protection because he did not have a title.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, arrive at the town hall during the Invictus Games Dusseldorf 2023 - One Year To Go events on September 06, 2022, in Dusseldorf, Germany. | Source: Getty Images

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, arrive at the town hall during the Invictus Games Dusseldorf 2023 - One Year To Go events on September 06, 2022, in Dusseldorf, Germany. | Source: Getty Images

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The former actress insinuated that she was shocked because she had thought that her son would automatically get the title once their grandfather ascended the throne.

Fans might not be seeing a third child from the Sussexes, as Harry once revealed that he would help the environment by limiting his number of children.

However, Markle claimed that she was told protocols could change due to his Majesty's desire for a slimmed-down monarchy, where only direct heirs and their families had titles.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, on the Long Walk at Windsor Castle arrive to view flowers and tributes to HM Queen Elizabeth on September 10, 2022, in Windsor, England. | Source: Getty Images

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, on the Long Walk at Windsor Castle arrive to view flowers and tributes to HM Queen Elizabeth on September 10, 2022, in Windsor, England. | Source: Getty Images

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The Duchess of Sussex further claimed that the Royal Family refused to give Archie a title because of his mixed race. In her words (via Sky News):

"In those months when I was pregnant, all around this same time, we have in tandem, the conversation of 'He won't be given security, he's not going to be given a title,' and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he's born."

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and their baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation during their royal tour of South Africa on September 25, 2019, in Cape Town, South Africa. | Source: Getty Images

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and their baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation during their royal tour of South Africa on September 25, 2019, in Cape Town, South Africa. | Source: Getty Images

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Winfrey asked Markle during the interview if it personally mattered to her that her son got a title. The Duchess of Sussex replied in the affirmative, noting that if it guaranteed Archie's safety, then it was important.

For Markle and Harry, the protection of their children has always been important, but in other things, they try to be hands-on parents who keep their kids out of the spotlight.

Harry and Markle first proved that they wanted a private life for their kids after Archie's birth in 2019. Rather than use titles like Lord Archie or Archie, Earl of Dumbarton, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex decided their son would be styled as Master Archie to enable the toddler to grow up as a private citizen.

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, are seen in London, England on September 05, 2022. | Source: Getty Images

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, are seen in London, England on September 05, 2022. | Source: Getty Images

Similarly, the Sussexes also decided to name their daughter, Lilibet, without titles, following her arrival in June 2021. Their decision had stirred up several speculations from people, including experts.

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Parenting Expert Gifty Enright once claimed that the couple was trying to raise Archie and Lilibet like normal children. According to Enright, Harry and Markle only want their kids to have a "down-to-earth childhood experience," where their children can freely socialize with other kids. Another source also shared the same sentiment. Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, the source explained:

"[Harry and Meghan's] children are expected to one day have regular jobs and will be raised to appreciate the differences in society. They will have a healthy respect for boundaries like other children."

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, arrive at the United Nations Headquarters on July 18, 2022, in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, arrive at the United Nations Headquarters on July 18, 2022, in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

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Ultimately, Harry and Markle's children will not be frequently seen by the public. By making them private citizens, the Duke of Sussex will easily regulate their level of exposure and protect them from public scrutiny.

Also, unlike other celebrities, Harry and Markle chose a less traditional school for their son in California. In his school, Archie relates and learns with other kids without the fuss of being a Royal Family member.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, attend the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral on June 03, 2022, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, attend the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral on June 03, 2022, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

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A parent of one of Archie's classmates once mentioned that Harry drops off and picks up Archie like a normal parent, adding that to other kids, the toddler "is just one of them".

Harry and Markle's Thoughts about Parenthood

To Harry, fatherhood means the world. Since the birth of his child, the dad of two has spoken candidly about how rewarding it is, despite the challenges. During an April 2022 chat with Today, the interviewer asked Harry what he loved most about being a father, and he replied:

"All of it. The chaos, the learning, the reminder of just every element of yourself, your soul."

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, walk to a car after taking a boat trip on the Rhine. | Source: Getty Images

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, walk to a car after taking a boat trip on the Rhine. | Source: Getty Images

Harry further confessed that he loved giving honest answers to his young son's numerous questions about life.

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Meanwhile, the Duke is not the only spouse who has spoken about parenthood. In 2021, the former actress opened up about being a mother of two for the first time. Markle said (via People):

"I think it's just, everyone tells you — well, someone told H and I: 'When you have one kid, it's a hobby, and two children is parenting.'"

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, attend the annual One Young World Summit at Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, north-west England, on September 5, 2022. | Source: Getty Images

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, attend the annual One Young World Summit at Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, north-west England, on September 5, 2022. | Source: Getty Images

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She further noted that most people always talked about how the situation was for the second child, leaving out the adjustment of the first child when the second child is born, adding:

"So I think they have this moment of, 'Oh, this is fun. Oh, this is how it is now.'"

Meanwhile, fans might not be seeing a third child from the Sussexes, as Harry once revealed that he would help the environment by limiting his number of children.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, attend the athletics event during the Invictus Games at Zuiderpark on April 17, 2022, in The Hague, Netherlands. | Source: Getty Images

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, attend the athletics event during the Invictus Games at Zuiderpark on April 17, 2022, in The Hague, Netherlands. | Source: Getty Images

However, it is unknown if the Duke is still of the same view and if Markle agrees with her husband. In the meantime, the public can only wait for how the future will be for the couple.

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