Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ‘left furious’ as Archie and Lilibet are denied HRH status

'They can be prince and princess but not HRH because they are not working royals,' said a source

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ‘left furious’ as Archie and Lilibet are denied HRH status
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's children Archie and Lilibet will be conferred the prince and princess titles in near future (Matt Dunham - WPA Pool/Getty Images, @alexilubomirski/Instagram)
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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s children Archie and Lilibet will not get HRH titles from King Charles III but they will be a prince and princess. HRH title means the member of the royal family will be referred to as His or Her Royal Highness in a direct form of address – both written and spoken. And now, the children not receiving this title has left Harry and Meghan furious.

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Talking to The Sun, 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.”

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The King is expected to anoint Archie, 3, and Lilibet, 1, in near future as he has agreed to issue letters patent to confer the prince and princess titles on his two grandchildren, said reports.

Meghan has previously claimed, in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, that the HRH title was denied to Archie due to his race and that she doesn't have any attachment to the 'grandeur' of official titles. 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."

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and their baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation during their royal tour of South Africa on September 25, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa.
Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and their baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation during their royal tour of South Africa on September 25, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa (Toby Melville - Pool/Getty Images)

Rules set out by King George V

As previously reported, Archie and Lilibet are entitled to the titles following the death of the Queen as part of 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. Following the Queen's death on September 8, at the age of 96 at her Balmoral residency, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's children, who are King Charles III's grandchildren, also became eligible to royal titles, as per rules set out by King George V. 

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On September 10, the royal family’s website published an updated list of the order of succession. The list had the Prince Harry and Meghan's two children listed as Master Archie Mountbatten-Windsor and Miss Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor without any titles. Friend and preferred journalist of the Duchess of Sussex, Omid Scobie quickly commented on the change and tweeted, "As son of the King, Harry's children have the right to become HRH Prince Archie and HRH Princess Lilibet."

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