Buckingham Palace has explained why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s children don’t have their new HRH titles listed on the royal website.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s children are technically now Prince and Princess because their grandfather, King Charles III, has become King.
The royal website recently updated Prince William and Kate Middleton’s titles in the line of succession as the Prince and Princess of Wales following Her Majesty’s death.
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While their children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, are also now listed as ‘of Wales’, instead of ‘of Cambridge’.
However, Archie and Lilibet are still referred to as ‘master’ and ‘miss’.
A spokesman for King Charles told Hello magazine that the site would be updated ‘as and when [they] get information’.
The King’s spokesman added that the monarch had expressed his ‘love’ for Prince Harry and Markle in his first address to the nation.
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He explained: “While the website was updated for the Waleses, 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.”
When asked if Archie and Lilibet will receive the new titles, the spokesman replied: “At the moment, we’re focused on the next 10 days and as and when we get information, we will update that website.”
The change is a result of protocols set out by King George V in 1917, The Mirror report.
The rules mean that Archie and Lilibet have an HRH title if they would like to use it. This is because they are the children of a son of a sovereign – and the grandchildren of the new King Charles III.
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If King Charles wants to change the rules, he will have to issue a Letters Patent amending their right to be Prince and Princess.
Last year, Prince Harry and Markle were interviewed by Oprah Winfrey about their exit from the royal family and during the tell-all, the Duchess claimed Archie was denied the title of Prince.
In the interview, Markle said: “It was not our decision to make.”
When asked if it was important to her that Archie receive the title, she continued: “If it meant he was going to be safe, then of course.”
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