While the suspicion surrounding Archie and Lilibet’s official titles continues, a royal expert has claimed that King Charles is willing to declare the Sussex children prince and princess on one condition.
According to author and royal correspondent Katie Nicholl, the new king will stop plans to strip Meghan and Harry’s children of their titles “with a warning.”
“And that caveat is trust. (He) needs to know that (he) can trust the family (Sussex),” Nicholl said, according to the Daily mail.
As grandchildren of the monarch, Archie, three, and Lilibet, one, would automatically receive titles including “His/Her Royal Highness” (HRH) under longstanding royal family conventions.
However, due to King Charles’ desire to “slimming down” the senior royal team, there are reports that the monarch will move to break tradition as Meghan and Harry no longer work for the firm.
Currently, Archie and Lilibet – sixth and seventh in line to the throne respectively – are still listed as ‘Miss’ and ‘Master’ on the Royal Website, which Nicholl says was a very deliberate move.
“One of the interesting things that came out of all this was the speculation about titles, and Archie and Lilibet…whether they would be officially recognized as prince and princess, the titles they owed when Charles became king… .” explains Nicholll.
“They currently remain ‘Miss’ and ‘Master’ [on the Royal Website] … And I’m told that’s a very clear signal from the king.”
The issue of Archie and Lili’s missing titles is said to have “fucking” Meghan and Harry.
However, according to royal expert Phil Dampier, the children can still call themselves Prince and Princess, but without the HRH titles.
“The same thing happened to Diana and Fergie after they separated from Charles and Andrew. And of course Sarah Ferguson is still the Duchess of York today,” Dampier told the Daily mail.
“Harry and Meghan should be happy because using prince or princess sounds good in the United States,” he added.
“But while their children are still high in the line of succession, they won’t be working royals, so it’s completely right that they shouldn’t have.” [HRH] titles.”
The HRH title gives royals access to a salary and entitles the holder to taxpayer-funded protection and security.
It also means that people are expected to bow or make a bow as an HRH approaches.
Harry and Meghan sacrificed the HRH title when they stepped down as senior royals in early 2020 and moved to California, but they have since spoken out against being coerced, saying it left their family with the same high-profile without security.
Charles is expected to officially anoint Archie and Lilibet as “Prince” and “Princess” in the near future.