Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan hold their son Archie at the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation in Cape Town, South Africa in September 2019. File photo by Toby Melville/EPA-EFE
September 10 (UPI) — The British royal family has updated its line of succession to the throne, raising questions about whether Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s children Archie and Lillibet Mountbatten-Windsor will be officially named prince and princess.
After the death of Queen Elizabeth II, royal youth automatically receive royal titles as a monarch’s grandson under rules established by George V in 1917.
Archie and Lillibet, as great-grandsons of Queen Elizabeth, were not immediately eligible for the title when she was alive.
However, the royal family’s official website now lists Archie and Lillibet as “Master” and “Miss” respectively, instead of including their titles as Prince and Princess, after their father in the line of succession. in sixth and seventh place.
With the ascension of King Charles III, his son Prince William became first in line to the throne, followed by his three children – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
In her stellar interview with Oprah Winfrey last year, Meghan Markle suggested that Archie could be denied the title of prince because of his mixed-dynastic ancestry.
Meghan said at the time: “They didn’t want her to be a prince or a princess, which would be a different matter of protocol.”
She also said that while she was pregnant there were discussions about whether and when the conventions would be changed for Charles to ascend the throne.
Harry and Meghan cited harsh treatment by the British media as reminiscent of the late Princess Diana, their mother, when she stepped down as working members of the British royal family in March 2020 and moved to Montecito, California.
Elizabeth’s death has also raised questions about whether King Charles’ wife Camilla would be known as the “Queen Consort” or “Queen”.
In February, Queen Elizabeth backed plans to call on her son’s wife, Queen Camilla, in a decision that would affect the future of the British monarchy. For a long time it was questioned whether Camilla would take the title of Queen Consort or another title, such as Princess Consort.
Queen Elizabeth wrote in a letter at the time, “When, in the fullness of time, my son Charles becomes king, I know you will give him and his wife Camilla the same support you have given me.”
“It is my heartfelt wish that, in time, Camilla will be known as Queen Consort as she continues her faithful service.”
Queen Elizabeth died just after the 25th anniversary of the death of Diana and her boyfriend Dodi Fayed after being chased by paparazzi in a Paris car crash.
Laws prohibiting such hounding by photographers in Europe and the United States, the birth of social media and the COVID-19 lockdown have combined to reduce the value of such images since Diana’s death.
on Saturday, royal family announcement That Queen Elizabeth’s state funeral would take place at Westminster Abbey on 19 September and that she would lie-in-state at Westminster Hall four days before the funeral so the public could pay their respects.
Prince of Wales William released his first official statement about the death of his grandmother on Saturday.
“While I mourn her loss, I am also incredibly grateful. I have benefited from the Queen’s wisdom and reassurance in my fifth decade,” William said in the statement.
“I knew this day would come, but it would be a while before the reality of life without Granny would really feel real. I thank her for the kindness she showed my family and me.”