It has been confirmed that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s children, Archie and Lilibet, will not be given the HRH rank when they are officially named prince and princess in the future. This decision by King Charles III has sparked controversy, with some newspapers reporting that the Sussexes are “furious” about it.
While Beatrice and Eugenie, the children of Prince Andrew, still hold the HRH titles despite not being active members of the royal family, Harry and Meghan feel that their own children should be entitled to the same level of royal protection and recognition.
However, it is important to note that Harry and Meghan are no longer working royals. They have expressed concerns about safety and believe that as Prince Harry and Princess Meghan of the United Kingdom, their children should be treated as prince and princess. But according to the regulations established by King George V in 1917 to limit the number of HRH titles within the royal family, Archie and Lilibet are not eligible to receive the HRH titles.
While they may not have the HRH titles, it is still a compromise that Archie and Lilibet will be acknowledged as prince and princess. This is not a new situation within the royal family. Even Diana and Fergie faced similar issues after their separation from Charles and Andrew respectively. Sarah Ferguson, for example, is still known as the Duchess of York.
In America, Harry and Meghan may still be able to use the titles “prince” and “princess,” and they might be pleased with that. However, it is important to recognize that even if their descendants ascend the line of succession, they will not be working members of the royal family. Therefore, it is fair that they do not have the HRH titles.
Ultimately, Harry and Meghan should be grateful for the compromise that has been made for them and their children. It is important to understand that the situation could have been much worse. Many people believe that Harry and Meghan should have surrendered their titles altogether when they decided to step back from their roles as senior royals and move to the United States.
In conclusion, while Archie and Lilibet will not have the HRH titles, they will still be recognized as prince and princess. The decision made by King Charles III is in line with the regulations set in place to manage the usage of HRH titles within the royal family.