Harry and Meghan yet to confirm if Archie and Lili will use new titles

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Meghan and Harry with their first child Archie in September 2019 (EPA)
Meghan and Harry with their first child Archie in September 2019 (EPA)

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s children Archie and Lilibet are yet to be named prince and princess on the royal website because it has not been confirmed if they will use the new titles.

While Prince William’s title in the line of succession as the Prince of Wales has been swiftly added with his children now listed as “of Wales”, Archie and Lili’s had not changed on Saturday.

They are technically now a prince and a princess because their grandfather has become King, but it has not been confirmed by their parents or Buckingham Palace whether they will use the titles.

The King’s spokesman said the monarch had announced William and Kate’s titles as the Prince and Princess of Wales, and expressed his love for Harry and Meghan in his address to the nation on Friday.

“While the website was updated for the Waleses, clearly updating love on a website doesn’t quite work so we’ve not quite done with that but clearly he does love them. We will be working through updating the website as and when we get information,” he said on Saturday.

Asked whether Archie and Lili would take the titles of prince and princess, he said: “At the moment, we’re focused on the next 10 days and as and when we get information, we will update that website.”

Kate and William reunited with Harry and Meghan to greet people gathered at Windsor on Saturday (PA Wire)
Kate and William reunited with Harry and Meghan to greet people gathered at Windsor on Saturday (PA Wire)

In 2021, it was suggested Charles – in a bid to limit the number of key royals – intended, when he became monarch, to prevent Archie becoming a prince, but it is unlikely he would make such a move which would be considered greatly damaging to his relationship with the Sussexes.

To do so, he would have to issue a Letters Patent amending Archie’s right to be a prince and Lili’s right to be a princess.

Archie and Lili technically remain at present a prince and princess with the style HRH, whether their parents choose to use the titles or not on a day-to-day basis.

The King extended his love to Harry and Meghan during his first speech as monarch on Friday (PA Wire)
The King extended his love to Harry and Meghan during his first speech as monarch on Friday (PA Wire)

Meghan argued in the Sussexes’ bombshell interview with US talk show host Oprah Winfrey that Archie was not given the title of prince because of his race.

However, when Archie was born seventh in line to the throne in May 2019, he was too far down the line of succession.

Although he was a great-grandchild of the monarch, he was not the first-born son of a future king, so was not automatically a prince.

The Sussexes joined the Waleses for a walkabout on Saturday to meet well-wishers and view floral tributes outside Windsor Castle – the first time they have been pictured side by side since 2020.