Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s children have become Prince Archie of Sussex and Princess Lilibet of Sussex — following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
The monarch died on September 8 at the age of 96.
The queen’s demise means the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s children — Archie Mountbatten-Windsor and Lilibet “Lili” Mountbatten-Windsor — are entitled to royal titles.
The change is a result of conventions created over a century ago.
Under rules set out by George V in 1917, the grandchildren of the monarch automatically receive royal titles.
As grandchildren of King Charles III, they can now be addressed as “His Royal Highness Prince Archie of Sussex” and “Her Royal Highness Princess Lilibet of Sussex”.
The development comes after Meghan had, in 2021, famously suggested that the title might be denied to Archie because of his mixed-race ancestry.
During an explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey, Meghan was asked if Archie being a prince was important to her.
“If it meant he was going to be safe, then of course,” she had replied.
Meghan, citing a conversation she had with Harry, had alleged that some members of the royal family mulled not naming their son a prince because of his skin colour.
“In those months when I was pregnant… we have in tandem the conversation of ‘he won’t be given security, he’s not going to be given a title’ and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born,” she had said.
Lilibet was born after the interview was conducted.
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