The late Queen Elizabeth II is referred to as monarch at least 74 times on the Royal Family’s official website, other royals are called by their former titles and Prince Harry is called His Royal Highness – despite the infamous Megxit agreement of 2020 stating that he would no longer be addressed as such.
On eight occasions, King Charles – who has been monarch for almost a year – is called the Prince of Wales and his wife Queen Camilla is referred to as the Duchess of Cornwall four times.
Prince William and Kate are also called the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge three times. While this is technically correct, as William and Kate do still hold these titles, they became the Prince and Princess of Wales last September and are now primarily referred to as this – as is reflected in their updated individual pages on the website.
Eighteen pages across the leading website, which promises “to provide an authoritative resource of information”, are factually wrong. Though there may well be more articles across the site that the Express has not yet uncovered.
Royal commentator Afua Hagan has branded the website as “massively disappointing” and urged the Palace to make the appropriate changes.
“The Royal Family website is supposed to be the first port of call for information on the monarchy and it needs to be accurate,” she said. “Before the website can be enticing, exciting and engaging for an audience, it needs to be accurate – that’s the bottom line.
“It’s massively disappointing and a bit embarrassing for the Royal Family if it is inaccurate. They are going to have to take a look and get up to scratch.”
At first glance the website appears to be wholly up-to-date, the homepage sees King Charles and Queen Camilla feature prominently, with diary pages and news articles underneath.
The line of succession page was also promptly changed after the late Queen’s death and has been tweaked since to reflect the new arrivals and title changes of royals – including Harry and Meghan’s children.
But a closer look reveals that the team of staffers at the Palace have not combed through the website to reflect the change in monarch almost 11 months ago.
Under the Royal Family section, the fourth tab that is pinned to the top of the website, errors appear to unfold.
Prince Harry’s dedicated page starts by explaining that he is “the younger son of The Prince of Wales”. But Prince William is now the Prince of Wales, so the statement implies that the page is actually dedicated to five-year-old Prince Louis, not his 38-year-old uncle.
The page also calls William and Kate “the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge”.
Harry is twice referred to as His Royal Highness, when part of the agreement when stepping down as a senior royal in 2020 was that he would no longer be addressed as HRH.
The official Buckingham Palace statement issued on 18 January 2020 reads: “The Sussexes will not use their HRH titles as they are no longer working members of the Royal Family.”
Harry’s wife Meghan Markle’s page has been updated recently as the second sentence refers to their children as Prince Archie of Sussex and Princess Lilibet of Sussex – titles they only started to use from March.
The sixth tab on the homepage, ‘Royal Residences, Art and History’ is also home to a plethora of errors.
While the first two features on Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle have been updated to reflect the change in monarch, Clarence House – the home of the King and Queen – has not.
The second sentence on the page reads: “Today Clarence House is the official London residence of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.”
The King and Queen ceased to be known by these titles after the late Queen’s death on September 8 last year, with William and Kate becoming the new Prince and Princess of Wales and Duke and Duchess of Cornwall. The monarchs’ former titles are used twice more on the page.
Kensington Palace’s feature page also hasn’t been updated, stating that its home to the offices and London residences of “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge”.
Further down Queen Elizabeth II is referred to as “the present Queen” and Prince Philip is also referred to in the present tense.
Philip’s page also prompts some confusion as it hasn’t been updated to reflect his death on 9 April 2021 and the page name is, ‘The Duke of Edinburgh’ – with Prince Edward’s page also bearing the same name after he was bestowed the title in March.
Elsewhere The Royal Collection page twice states the monarch is “Her Majesty the Queen”.
The most errors appear when clicking on the search bar in the top right-hand corner of the website, where it takes the user to a series of features on Commonwealth nations – all of which state that Queen Elizabeth II is the reigning monarch.
The first, on Jamaica, starts: “Her Majesty is The Queen of Jamaica” with the page dedicated to the late Queen’s role in the Caribbean country, referring to her in the present tense as “the Queen” or “Her Majesty” a total of seven times.
Feature pages for St Vincent and the Grenadines, Antigua and Barbuda, New Zealand, Solomon Islands, the Bahamas, Grenada, St Christopher and Nevis, Canada, Australia and St Lucia are the same. Pages for the remaining Commonwealth nations don’t appear to exist, though the article on ‘The Commonwealth’ has been updated to reflect King Charles as monarch.
In total, the 11 pages refer to Queen Elizabeth II as monarch 67 times.
Other pages, including articles on Royal Warrants and Royal Finances, also state the late Queen is monarch.
Buckingham Palace said in a statement: “The Royal Family website contains over five thousand pages of information about the life and work of the Royal Family. Following the death of Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, content has been revisited and updated periodically. Some content may be out of date until this process is complete.”
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