Prince Harry and Charles: Expert analyses 'fractured' relationship
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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry announced earlier this year that their son Archie will become a big brother, as they are expecting a baby this year. The Sussex’s announced in an interview with US TV host Oprah Winfrey they are expecting a baby girl. The couple have not given a date for when their new bundle of joy is due to arrive.
Will baby Sussex have a royal title?
Technically, as the children of a Duke, Archie and his sister would have been entitled to a courtesy title to reflect their father’s title.
Raising Royalty author and royal historian Carolyn Harris told Town and Country: “As a younger child of the Duke of Sussex, the new baby would normally have the title of Lord or Lady.”
However, when Archie was born it was announced he would not have a title.
During the Sussex’s interview with Oprah Winfrey, Meghan said: “They were saying they didn’t want him [Archie] to be a prince or princess, which would be different from protocol, and that he wasn’t going to receive security.”
Instead, Archie is known as Master Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
As Archie does not have a royal title, it is likely Meghan and Harry’s daughter will not have a title either.
Subsequently, baby Sussex is likely to be known as Miss Mountbatten-Windsor.
Could Harry and Meghan’s daughter get a title in the future?
A Letters Patent issued by King George V in 1917 determined who was eligible for Prince and Princess titles in the Royal Family.
Under the rules, only the sons of the monarch and the grandsons through the male line are entitled to Prince and Princess titles.
For this reason, Prince Andrew’s daughters Beatrice and Eugenie were entitled to be known as princesses, as grandchildren of the monarch through the male line.
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But under this rule, Princess Anne’s children Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall were not eligible for titles, as they are grandchildren of the monarch through the female line.
When Prince Charles is king, both Archie and his little sister will be the grandchildren of the monarch through the male line as Prince Harry’s children.
Therefore, under the rules set out by King George V, the Sussex’s children could be entitled to royal titles.
However, Prince Charles may opt not to give Archie and his sister a royal title when he is king.
It has long been rumoured that Charles envisions a more ‘streamlined’ monarchy in the future, with only a few senior working royals.
In recent years, it appears the Royal Family has already attempted to reduce the number of working titled royals.
Some of the Queen’s grandchildren have not taken Prince or Princess titles, even though they were eligible.
Ms Harris added to T&C: “There have been recent trends away from all male line grandchildren of a monarch holding these titles.
“For example, the two children of the Queen’s youngest son, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, are eligible to have the titles of His or Her Royal Highness but they are instead styled as the children of an Earl—Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn—rather than holding royal titles.”
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