Archie and Lilibet of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex now have new royal titles as their grandfather becomes King Charles III following the sad passing of Queen Elizabeth II.
Archie, Harry and Meghan’s three-year-old son, is now considered a prince, and Lilibet, their one-year-old daughter, is eligible to use the title of princess. Archie and Lili are entitled to use an HRH title if they so choose in accordance with regulations established by King George V in 1917 as they are the descendants of a sovereign.
We wonder if the Sussexes will decide to give their offspring the titles. When she and Harry appeared on Oprah Winfrey’s TV show, the Duchess brought up the idea of a title for Archie.
Archie was seventh in line to the throne when he was born in May 2019, but he was too far behind to be given a royal title. Despite being Charles’ firstborn son and thus not automatically a Prince at that time, he was the late Queen’s great-grandchild.
The Sussexes’ decision to use these new titles for their children will now be watched closely by royal fans.
Another issue is that King Charles III might favor a new, more minimal monarchy and forbid Archie and Lilibet from using the titles of prince and princess.
He will have to issue a Letters Patent changing Lili’s and Archie’s rights to be princesses in order to accomplish this.
Archie and Lilibet will continue to be treated as prince and princess up until that point, assuming it ever does. But it’s still unclear whether the Sussexes will give those names to their offspring.
The Queen offered Archie the titles Earl of Dumbarton or Lord Archie Mountbatten-Windsor when he was born, but Harry and Meghan decided against using either title for their son and instead called him Master Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.
Currently in the UK to mourn the passing of the Queen are Harry and Meghan.
The couple will probably extend their trip until Her Majesty’s funeral, in which case their children may fly from California to join their parents.
Although Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland has assisted with childcare in the past, it is unknown who is currently watching the pair, so it is speculated that the kids may travel with their grandmother.