In the aftermath of the Queen’s death, many members of the royal family will see a change in their titles as King Charlestakes to the throne.
Included in this will be the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s children Archie and Lilibet who, according to royal protocol, will be given HRH titles when their grandfather ascends to the throne.
Under current protocol the great-grandchildren of the monarch are not princes or princesses, unless they are the children of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales, which is whyPrince WilliamandKate Middleton’s children hold this title, when their cousins do not. However this will change as Charles becoming King.
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This rule was established by King George V after he issued a Letters Patent in 1917 that read: "…the grandchildren of the sons of any such sovereign in the direct male line (save only the eldest living son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales) shall have and enjoy in all occasions the style and title enjoyed by the children of dukes of these our realms."
Speaking about these changes toPeople Magazine, Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty magazine said: “As the grandchildren of the Sovereign, they have the right to be upgraded to the style of His or Her Royal Highness. But that begs the question of whether Harry and Meghan want that.”
They added: “Do they prefer what [Prince] Edward and Sophie have, and not have their children as Their Royal Highnesses with a view to them leading relatively normal lives?"
This appeared to be the case previously with the Duke and Duchess rejecting the "courtesy title" of Earl of Dumbarton upon Archie’s birth, instead deciding he would be known as Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.
However, he may yet be given the title of Earl when his grandfather becomes King, and could later inherit the title of Duke of Sussex.
And it’s not just Archie and Lilibet who have a change of title, upon his coronation Prince Charles may not become King Charles, as he may choose one of his middle names instead.
Meaning we could end up with a King Philip, Arthur, or George instead.
Similarly Camilla will become Queen Consort, and Prince William will have a title change to Prince of Wales and heir apparent.
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