Whether Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s children will become a prince and princess “depends a lot on what happens in the coming months, especially with Harry’s book and her TV show,” according to a new bio.
Archie and Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor would, by convention, receive royal titles as grandchildren of the new British monarch.
However, King Charles III could step in to stop this, leaving the Sussex siblings as Master Archie and Miss Lilibet.
latestpagenews.com understands that no decision has been made on the children’s titles and the issue – while it may be a burning one for the media and the public – is not currently the focus of Buckingham Palace, which has spent long hours planning Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral. had worked.
In the upcoming biography the new royals, vanity fair Royal correspondent Katie Nicholl writes: “Would Charles go so far as to stop Archie and Lilibet from becoming a prince and princess now that the Sussexes are no longer working royals?
“According to a source close to the King, ‘It very much depends on what happens in the coming months, particularly with Harry’s book and her TV show.'”
Archie and Lilibet’s titles are governed by the “George V Convention”, based on a patent issued in Britain in 1917, which states that the monarch’s grandchildren should all be styled as princes and princesses.
This means that the Sussex children were not entitled to these titles during the Queen’s lifetime as she was her great-grandmother.
However, now that Charles is king, the expectation would be that Harry and Meghan’s son and daughter would be known as Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet.
Charles could potentially step in to halt that transition, and Meghan told Oprah Winfrey in a March 2021 interview that there were talks of blocking those titles.
Meghan told CBS, “Right about the same time in the months I was pregnant, so in tandem we have the conversation ‘he’s not going to get security, he’s not going to get a title,’ and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin could be when he is born.”
It is not known who was responsible for the skin color comment, latestpagenews.com understands that the subtext of the security and title talks was Charles’ longstanding desire to slim down the monarchy.
Meghan added, “But the idea of our son not being safe, and also the idea of the first black member of this family not being titled like other grandchildren…
“You know, the other part of this conversation is that there’s a convention – I forget if it was a George V or George VI convention – that if you’re the monarch’s grandchild, so if Harry’s father becomes king, automatically Archie and our next baby would be a prince or princess or whatever they would be.”
“I think even with that convention I’m talking about, while I was pregnant they said they want to change the convention for Archie.”
Much was said in UK newspapers after the Oprah interview about Meghan being wrong because the George V convention meant the titles were a foregone conclusion.
An article in the Daily Mail Read: “Meghan Markle’s bombastic suggestion that her son Archie be banned from being a prince out of concerns about how ‘dark’ he would appear has been belied by the rules laid down by King George V.”
It added: “Under the rules of George V, Archie would still have the right to be an HRH or a prince if his grandfather Charles, the Prince of Wales, succeeded to the throne.”
However, two weeks after Elizabeth’s death, there is still no answer as to whether Archie and Lilibet will receive titles or not.
Nicholl wrote, “We know titles are important to Charles and he reportedly wants to limit them to the highest tier of royals.”