According to a royal biographer, when Prince Charles becomes king, he will have to decide whether or not to remove any titles from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s children, Archie and Lilibet.
Harry and Meghan were reportedly told by Harry’s father Charles last week that Archie would never be a prince. This could be because when the heir to the throne succeeds the Queen, he prefers a leaner monarchy. However, it has now been suggested that Charles will not make the “unpopular” decision of removing the children’s titles as king.
“I don’t think he’ll take the unpopular and hostile step of stripping his grandchildren of their royal status,” royal author Robert Lacey said.
Mr Lacey also told PEOPLE that he thinks Charles is more concerned with making his wife Camilla Queen than with making her princess consort.
After issuing a Letters Patent in 1917, Charles is said to have decided to follow a rule established by King George V.
“…the grandchildren of any such sovereign in the direct male line (save only the eldest living son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales) shall have and enjoy the style and title enjoyed by the children of dukes of these our realms on all occasions,” it read.
Previously, Harry and Meghan expressed their dissatisfaction with their son’s title.
Meghan revealed in a shocking interview with Oprah Winfrey in March that Archie had been denied a royal title, which meant he would no longer be protected by taxpayers.
She also speculated that his skin color played a role in his decision. “Recollections may differ,” Buckingham Palace later responded.