'Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet': Duke and Duchess of Sussex's children are now technically entitled to 'royal' titles
LONDON, ENGLAND: The son and daughter of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will now be technically a "Prince" and "Princess." The Duchess of Sussex had earlier claimed Archie was previously denied the title of prince because of his race. His younger sister, Lilibet 'Lili' Mountbatten-Windsor, is now also entitled to be called a Princess following the death of the Queen.
The rules set out by King George V in 1917 stated that as the children of a son of a sovereign, they can choose to hold the power of being addressed as royalty. Hence, the siblings do have the possibility of adding Prince and Princesses to their names, henceforth.
According to DailyMail, in an earlier Oprah Winfrey Interview, Markle stated, "They didn't want him to be a prince . . . which would be different from protocol, and that he wasn't going to receive security," she told Oprah. What's more, she said, "we have in tandem the conversation of, 'He won't be given security. He's not going to be given a title.' And also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he's born."
When Oprah asked, if it was 'important' for Meghan that Archie be called a prince, she said she doesn't have any attachment to the 'grandeur' of official titles. However, she went on to state that she said it was about "the idea of our son not being safe, and also the idea of the first member of color in this family not being titled in the same way that other grandchildren would be."
Archie as a great-grandchild of the monarch but not the first-born son of a future king, was not automatically a prince. However, when Meghan was pregnant with Archie, an unnamed member of the royal family had raised "concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he's born."
The previous 19th century Duke of Sussex - an eccentric son of King George III - had both his marriages deemed illegal. His mistress, Lady Augusta Murray, was not the Duchess of Sussex and his illegitimate son was plain Master Augustus Frederick d'Este. However, they continually started to refer to herself as a duchess and a princess, and the staff called her son Prince Augustus and her daughter Princess Augusta. Eventually, Archie will be entitled to succeed Harry as the Duke of Sussex too.