King Charles reportedly eager to formally bestow the titles of prince and princess on Archie and Lilibet, the children of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, but “there is a proviso and that caveat is trust,” according to a royal expert. Katie Nicholl was speaking about rumors of whether or not Archie, 3, and Lilibet, 1, will be formally recognised by their new titles during the most recent episode of True Royalty TV’s ‘The Royal Beat’.
The Sussex children are legally entitled to the titles as the monarch’s grandchildren following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. However, as Nicholl pointed out, the children are still labeled as “master” and “miss” on the royal website.
According to Daily Mail, Nicholl said, “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.” She continued, “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] family.”
Due to regulations established by King George V in 1917, Archie and Lilibet were too far down the line of succession to be given the titles when they were born. However, due to the Queen’s death, they are now considered the monarch’s grandchildren rather than great-grandchildren and are allowed to use the titles as well as HRH. They won’t receive the HRH titles, it has been alleged, because they were non-working royals.
Allowing them to become a prince and princess but not HRH, according to royal authority Phil Dampier, “would be a classic compromise.” He said, “The same thing happened to Diana and Fergie after they were divorced from Charles and Andrew. And of course Sarah Ferguson is still the Duchess of York today. Harry and Meghan should be pleased as using prince or princess sounds good in the States. But even though their children are still high up in the line of succession they will not be working royals, so it’s quite right they shouldn’t have [HRH] titles.”
In connection to this, a source told The Sun, “Harry and Meghan were worried about the security issue and being prince and princess brings them the right to have certain levels of royal security. There have been a lot of talks over the past week. But they have been left furious that Archie and Lilibet cannot take the title HRH. That is the agreement – they can be prince and princess but not HRH because they are not working royals.”