Archie and Lilibet ‘not going to get’ royal titles from King Charles

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Archie and Lilibet are not going to get the chance to take on the titles of prince and princess, it has been claimed.

Political editor Samantha Maiden says King Charles is yet to address Harry and Meghan's children by the official names, which suggests things will stay the same.

The Queen tragically passed away at the age of 96 at her summer home in Balmoral, Scotland, last week.

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Following her death, Archie is now technically a prince, while Lilibet is also entitled to be hailed a princess.

Speaking to the Australian morning show Sunrise, Maiden said: "I understand that they get this automatically when they're the grandchild of the monarch which they clearly are but quite pointedly, King Charles has not referenced this in his public statements.

"He's referred to them as master and so that suggests they're not going to get it.

"It's just another thing where you can sort of understand why these families are estranged."

The rules set out by King George V in 1917 mean Archie and Lili – as the children of a son of a sovereign – also now have an HRH style if they choose to use it, reports Express.

In 2021, it was suggested Charles – in a bid to limit the number of key royals – intended, when he became monarch, to prevent Archie from becoming a prince.

To do so, he will have to issue a Letters Patent amending Archie's right to be a prince and Lili's right to be a princess.

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Until that potentially happens or if it does not, Archie and Lili remain a prince and princess, whether their parents choose to use the titles or not.

Meghan argued in the Sussexes' bombshell interview with US talk show host Oprah Winfrey that Archie was not given the title of prince because of his race.

However, when Archie was born seventh in line to the throne in May 2019, he was too far down the line of succession.

Although he was a great-grandchild of the monarch, he was not a first-born son of a future king, so was not automatically a prince.

He could have previously used the courtesy title Earl of Dumbarton, or been Lord Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.

But Buckingham Palace said the duke and duchess made a personal decision that he should be plain Master Archie Mountbatten-Windsor instead.

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