Surprising turnaround in royal titles: Archie and Lilibet are now officially prince and princess


Writed by - Andy Gocker
  Royal expert Michael Begasse has an idea why Harry and Meghan's children now have titles
Royal expert Michael Begasse (right) has an idea why Harry and Meghan's children now have titles © Imago

It is official: Prince Harry's (38) and Duchess Meghan's (41) Children Archie (3) and Lilibet (1) are suddenly a prince and princess. On the official website of British royal family the two have now been provided with their royal designations. A surprising turnaround, because the offspring of the royal dropout couple should grow up quite bourgeois and without a title. Royal expert Michael Begasse has an idea why everything turned out differently.

'Children's titles are a birthright since their grandfather became monarch'

At the announcement of Lilibet Diana's christening, which took place on March 3, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan used their daughter's title publicly for the first time. She and her brother had previously been referred to as 'Master Archie Mountbatten-Windsor' and 'Miss Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor'.

'Children's titles have been a birthright since their grandfather became monarch,' a spokesman for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex told People magazine. 'This matter has been settled in accordance with Buckingham Palace for some time. '

On March 9, the two children's titles were updated on the Royal Family's website.

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'It is at this point that Harry becomes – again – unbelievable.'

For Royal expert Michael Begasse, this new development is a small bang. 'I really have to give Harry and Meghan one thing: they always manage to surprise the world and me too! This is also the case now that they have – secretly, quietly – demanded the titles of prince and princess for their two children, Archie and Lilibet Diana.

Yes, the cute kids are definitely entitled to it, because they are descended in a direct line from the current King Charles III, their grandfather. And it is also common for the parents to decide whether royal children actually (have to) go through life with this title; Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, for example, deliberately avoided it in order to be able to let their two children grow up more freely.

And this is exactly where Harry becomes unbelievable – again – says our nobility expert. Michael Begasse: 'He demands all freedoms for his family, but with the new royal title he chains them firmly to the monarchy. But maybe the Duke of Sussex is smarter than we all think (or he has very good lawyers!). Because the title of a prince or a princess also goes hand in hand with personal protection; paid by the state. A royal rogue, who thinks evil of it...!' (tma)

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