Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s children Archie and Lilibet may not be granted HRH status even though they have now become a prince and princess Because they will not be working royals.
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s three-year-old son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor is now Prince Archie, while his one-year-old sister is Princess Lilibet – although it is not clear whether these new titles will actually be used.
When Archie and Lilibet were born they were too far down the line of succession to receive the titles, due to rules from King George V in 1917.
But the death of the Queen means they are now the grandchildren of the monarch, rather than the great-grandchildren, and are entitled to be addressed as prince and princess, and to use HRH.
Harry and Meghan remain the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and their titles will not change. The couple have stopped using HRH styles since they quit their roles as senior working royals in 2020, but still retain them.
While confirmation is awaited on whether Archie and Lilibet will receive HRH titles, royal expert Phil Dampier told MailOnline today that allowing them become a Prince and Princess but not HRH ‘would be a classic compromise’.