Will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's children be granted HRH title? Announcement postponed till September 26
Archie and Lilibet are now sixth and seventh in line to the throne but listed as ‘Master’ and ‘Miss’ on royal website
LONDON, ENGLAND: The decision on HRH title for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s children, Archie and Lilibet, is put on hold until the royal mourning period. “Buckingham Palace has refused to confirm if this will officially happen,” the DailyMail reports,
Commenting on it, a spokesperson for King Charles III told DailyMail that it is ‘unlikely’ any announcement will be made till September 26. The spokesperson said, “The King is focused on the mourning period so it is unlikely [any announcement would be made] on other titles during that period,” and added, “The future is an amazing thing. I am sure that at some point there will be discussion, but not during the royal mourning period.”
Following the death of their great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, Archie and Lilibet are now sixth and seventh in line to the throne and are entitled to be called prince and princess, as part of the rules set out by King George V in 1917. As per the rule, the children and grandchildren of the reigning royal are granted titles though great-grandchildren are excluded. And Archie and Lilibet, being the King's grandchildren, also became eligible for royal titles. However, they are still identified as ‘Master’ and ‘Miss’ on the line of succession on royal website.
On September 10, the King’s spokesperson said, as quoted earlier, "While the website was updated for Wales, clearly updating love on a website doesn’t quite work so we’ve not quite done that but clearly he does love them. We will be working through updating the website as and when we get information."
Following this, it was reported that the children not receiving the HRH title has left Harry and Meghan furious. A source said, "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. There have been a lot of talks over the past week. They have been insistent that Archie and Lilibet are prince and princess. They have been relentless since the Queen died. But they have been left furious that Archie and Lilibet cannot take the title HRH." Adding further, the person said, "That is the agreement — they can be prince and princess but not HRH because they are not working royals,” as per The Sun.