A royal expert has claimed King Charles III indecision on whether Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s children will be able to keep their royal titles is creating “heightening tensions”.
The line of succession shifted following the death of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s two children, Archie and Lilibet, automatically became Prince and Princess.
However, according to The Times royal editor Roya Nikkhah, Meghan and Harry “fear the King may strip Archie and Lilibet of their titles, after his reluctance immediately to recognize their elevated status after the Queen’s death”.
A source close to the 73-year-old told Vanity Fair that the King may forbid his grandchildren from using His and Her Royal Highness titles and Prince and Princess because of Meghan and Harry’s upcoming projects.
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The source revealed it would depend on what happens in the coming months particularly with Harry’s tell-all book which he has already signed off on.
However, a source told The Times, the King was focused on the mourning period right now and not the titles.
“It’s unlikely you’ll know other titles during that period,” the source told The Times.
“I’m sure at some point there will be discussions.”
It comes after author Katie Nicholl told The Royal Beat that the 73-year-old was willing to give Harry and Meghan’s children royal titles – however “there is a caveat and that caveat is trust”.
“One of the interesting things that came out in all of this was the speculation about titles, and Archie and Lilibet … whether they would officially be acknowledged as Prince and Princess, the titles owed to them when Charles became King.
“They remain ‘Miss’ and ‘Master’ currently [on the Royal Website]. And I’m told that that is a very clear signal from the King.
“He’s willing to give those titles, but it comes with a caveat, and that caveat is trust. They have to know that they can trust the [Sussex] Familia.”
Queen Elizabeth II’s death on Thursday September 8 marked a new era for the monarchy, with her great-grandchildren Archie and Lilibet technically becoming a prince and princess respectively, according to a Letters Patent issued by King George V in 1917.
The protocols state that the children and grandchildren of a monarch are automatically gifted the title HRH, as well as prince or princess.
Archie was not given the prince title when he was born in 2019 as he is the great-grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II.
But Prince William and Kate Middleton’s first-born George was already a prince, as an exception was made in the Letters Patent for the eldest son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales.
Queen Elizabeth in 2012 extended the protocol to all children of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales, allowing Charlotte and Louis to enjoy the title of Royal Highness and prince or princess.