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Prince Harry and Meghan reportedly "furious" as children Archie and Lilibet are denied HRH status

Prince Harry and Meghan reportedly "furious" as children Archie and Lilibet are denied HRH status

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's children, who are the grandchildren of King Charles III, directly qualify for the royal titles after the Queen passed away.

Archie, 3, and Lilibet, 1, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's children will not get HRH titles from King Charles III, but they will still be prince and princess. When given the HRH title, it means a  royal family member will be addressed directly, both in writing and verbally, as His or Her Royal Highness. When Harry, 38, and Meghan, 41, moved to the US two and a half years ago, they agreed not to use their titles of His and Her Royal Highness.



 

 

Harry and Meghan are reportedly "furious" that the children will not be given this title. Archie and Lilibet are slated to be anointed soon by the King. He has already agreed to issue letters to confer the prince and princess titles on his two grandchildren. But, the HRH title brings a level of security, that the couple was denied when they moved to the US. Talking to The Sun, a source reportedly said that during the talks over past week, Harry and Meghan "have been relentless since the Queen died" and have insisted that "Archie and Lilibet are prince and princess." The source added, "Harry and Meghan were worried about the security issue and being prince and princess brings them the right to have certain levels of royal security. But they have been left furious that Archie and Lilibet cannot take the title HRH." The source further allegedly said, "That is the agreement — they can be prince and princess but not HRH because they are not working royals.”



 

 

By regulations established by King George V in 1917, Archie and Lilibet would be entitled to the titles. The ruling royal's children and grandchildren are typically given titles. Therefore, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's children, who are the grandchildren of King Charles III, directly qualify for the royal titles after the Queen passed away on September 8 at the age of 96 at her Balmoral residence per guidelines established by King George V.



 

 

In an earlier interview with Oprah Winfrey, Meghan asserted that Archie was not given the HRH title because of his race. She said, "All the grandeur surrounding this stuff is an attachment that I don't personally have. I've been a waitress, an actress, a princess, a duchess, I've always just still been Meghan. So for me, I am clear on who I am independent of that stuff, and the most important title I will ever have is Mom. I know that. But the idea of our son not being safe and also the idea that the first member of color in this family not being titled in the same way that other grandchildren would be," per CBS News.



 

 

A revised list of the succession sequence was released on the royal family's website on September 10, a day post the Queen's passing. The names of Master Archie Mountbatten-Windsor and Miss Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor, without any titles, were listed for the two children of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. As a son of the King, Harry's children have the right to become HRH Prince Archie and HRH Princess Lilibet, tweeted journalist Omid Scobie in response to the development.

Cover Image Source: Getty Images/Matt Dunham - WPA Pool

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