King Charles is keen to officially bestow the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s children with titles of prince and princess, but “there is one caveat and that caveat is trust,” according to a royal expert.
Speaking during the latest episode of True Royalty TV’s The Royal Beat, Katie Nicholl discussed speculation over whether Harry and Meghan’s children Archie, three, and Lilibet, one, will be officially recognized by the new titles.
Following the death of the queen, who passed away peacefully at Balmoral on September 8 at the age of 96, the children of the Sussexes are entitled to them as grandchildren of the monarch.
However, as Katie pointed out, the children are still listed on the actual website as ‘Master’ and ‘Miss’.
She said King Charles is “willing to give those titles, but it comes with a caveat, and that caveat is trust.”
King Charles is keen to officially bestow the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s children with titles of prince and princess, but “there is one caveat and that caveat is trust,” according to Katie Nicholl.
Katie explained: “One of the interesting things that came up in all of this was the speculation about the titles, and Archie and Lilibet…whether they would be officially recognized as Prince and Princess, the titles that were due to them when Charles became King. .. ‘
She continued: ‘They are still ‘Miss’ and ‘Master’ currently. [on the Royal Website].
And I have been told that this is a very clear sign from the King. He is willing to give those titles, but he comes with a caveat, and that caveat is trust.
‘They have to know that they can trust him. [Sussex] family.’
On the death of the queen, the children of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are entitled to become prince and princess, as grandchildren of the monarch.
When Archie and Lilibet were born, they were too far down the line of succession to receive the titles of prince and princess, due to the rules of King George V in 1917.
But the Queen’s death means they are now the monarch’s grandchildren, rather than great-grandchildren, and entitled to be treated as prince and princess, and to wear HRH
However, it has been reported that as non-working royals, they will not receive the titles of His Royal Highness.
Royal expert Phil Dampier previously told MailOnline that allowing them to become prince and princess but not HRH “would be a classic compromise”.
He said: ‘The same thing happened to Diana and Fergie after they divorced Charles and Andrew. And of course Sarah Ferguson is still the Duchess of York today.
According to royal expert Katie Nicholl (pictured while appearing on The Royal Beat), speculation about the Sussex children’s titles has been rife since Her Majesty’s death.
“Harry and Meghan should be pleased because wearing a prince or princess sounds good in the US.
“But even though their children are still high in the line of succession, they won’t be working royals, so it’s only right that they shouldn’t have.” [HRH] Titles.’
It comes after a source told The Sun: “Harry and Meghan were concerned about the security issue and being a prince and princess entitles them to certain levels of royal security.” There have been many conversations during the last week.
The source added: “But they’ve been furious that Archie and Lilibet can’t take the title of Her Royal Highness.
“That’s the deal: They can be a prince and a princess, but not His Royal Highness because they’re not royals.”
The Prince and Princess of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex take the long walk at Windsor Castle on September 10, two days after the queen’s death.
Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror’s royal editor Russell Myers, who also appeared in the episode, said there is still some mistrust between the Prince and Princess of Wales and the Sussexes.
He said: ‘I’ve spoken to someone very close to William and Kate and they said: ‘Don’t be fooled by this.’ [the time the couples spent together following the death of the Queen].
‘I know everyone wants them to come together and have this big truce, but the truce is very temporary. [The truce] It was for the queen. The Queen always cared about unity, especially her family.
“And she would have wanted the children to get together, and certainly William extended that invitation to the Sussexes to come forward and participate in that ride.” But as for [William] As far as it goes, there is still a lot of distrust in the camp.
The Royal Beat is available to watch available at True TV Royalty.
How the rules on His Royal Highness date back to King George V’s Letters Patent in 1917
The rules about HRH (His Royal Highness) titles in the modern royal family date back to the founder of the House of Windsor, King George V, who issued Letters Patent in 1917 that restricted their use.
It stated: ‘The grandchildren of the sons of any Sovereign in the direct male line (save only the eldest living son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales) shall have and enjoy on all occasions the style and title enjoyed by the children of the Dukes of these Our Kingdoms.
This means that both of King Charles III’s sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, are entitled to be His Royal Highness. While William uses this title, Harry hasn’t since he stepped down as a senior royal in early 2020, but he still holds it.
Grandsons of a monarch in the male line are also His Royal Highness, which applies to William and Kate Middleton’s children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.
So, technically, it also applies to Harry and Meghan Markle’s children, Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet, but they aren’t expected to get the title because the family doesn’t work in royalty. Buckingham Palace said in March 2020 that Harry and Meghan would not use HRH.
Once someone receives a title of His Royal Highness, it remains for the rest of their life even if the line changes, unless the monarch decides to issue Letters Patent to remove it.
This means that William, Harry, Beatrice and Eugenie are all HRH because they are the children of Queen Elizabeth II’s children.
Prince Edward’s children, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn, are also technically His Royal Highness, but their parents said they would not use those titles.
Princess Anne’s children, Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall, are not eligible to be HRH because they are children of a daughter, not a son, of the Queen.
Charles no longer has the HRH style because he has become HM, or His Majesty. Likewise, Camilla is no longer his Royal Highness and instead hers is his Majesty.
Other members of the royal family who have His Royal Highness include the Duke of Gloucester, who is a grandson of King George V through his third son, Henry, Duke of Gloucester.
The Duke of Kent, his sister Princess Alexandra, and his brother Prince Michael also hold the title. This is because his father George, Duke of Kent, was the fourth son of King George V.
The HRH style is also passed on to a spouse, meaning Queen Consort Camilla (who is now HM, not HRH); Kate; Sophie; Bridget, Duchess of Gloucester; Catherine, Duchess of Kent; and Princess Michael of Kent received the title after their marriages.
But HRH women’s husbands have no right to style, like Eugenie’s husband, Jack Brooksbank, and Beatrice’s husband, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.
Sarah, Duchess of York, received the title after marrying Prince Andrew, but lost it after their divorce in 1996.