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The children of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry could receive the titles of prince and princess when Prince Charles takes the throne, royal author Andrew Morton has claimed. The biographer, who wrote Diana: Her Own Story while secretly aided by the Princess of Wales, is convinced that one of the first items on King Charles’ agenda will be the issue of Lili and Archie’s titles.

And those titles could be handed over during the king’s next reign as Prince Harry is further relegated to the fringes of the royal family.

Mr Morton said that unless the Duke of Sussex bridges the gap between himself and Prince Charles and Prince William over the next few years, he could lose his ‘main ally’ in the cabinet at the end of the day. death of the Queen, as it is believed that Harry remained very close to the monarch even after stepping down as an active member of the Royal Family.

The author told “The great irony in all of this is that when Prince Charles takes the throne, one of the first things he will be asked to do is make Lilibet a princess. and Archie a prince.

“So while Harry will be thrown into darkness, his children will have royal titles.”

Prince Harry is no longer a working royal (Image: GETTY)

Prince Harry and Meghan leave St Paul's Cathedral

Prince Harry and Meghan leave St Paul’s Cathedral on June 3 (Image: GETTY)

Highlighting how close the Duke of Sussex is to the Sovereign at the moment and how things could change for him if the relationship with Charles remains fractured in the future, Mr Morton also said: ‘You could take Prince Harry away from the leader of state, unable to get an appointment unlike now where he can just skip the queue.”

Mr Morton added that when Prince Charles becomes king he will be the ‘source of all honours’ and may bestow titles as gifts, just as the Queen did during her reign.

He added: “It will be interesting to see what title they get.

“And Lilibet will be the first princess born in the United States.”

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Prince Harry and Meghan smiling

Prince Harry and Meghan have two children, Archie and Lili (Image: GETTY)

While the sovereign is indeed the source of all honours, Letters Patent issued in 1917 during the reign of King George V established that only the monarch’s grandchildren in the male line should receive titles.

The law made an exception for one of the monarch’s great-grandchildren in the male line, saying the eldest son of the Prince of Wales’ eldest son – who is currently Prince George – should also receive a title.

The Queen overruled her grandfather’s decision by including any children of the Prince of Wales’ eldest son among the great-grandchildren she could provide with a title.

The issue of titles for Prince Harry and Meghan’s children was raised during the Sussexes’ interview with Oprah Winfrey, which aired in March 2021.


Prince Harry and Prince Charles

Prince Harry is the youngest son of Prince Charles (Image: GETTY)

The Queen and Prince Harry greet each other

The Queen and Prince Harry are believed to be very close (Image: GETTY)

Speaking of conversations taking place behind closed doors, Meghan claimed that anonymous people at the palace “were saying they didn’t want [Archie] to be a prince” and that “he was not going to receive bail”.

Meghan added that she doesn’t care much about the title itself, but rather wants her son the protection that comes with the honour.

She then appeared to recognize the Letters Patent of King George V, saying: ‘The idea that our son is not safe, and also the idea that the first colored member of this family is not entitled to the same way other grandchildren would be. …

“You know, the other piece of this conversation is that there’s a convention – I forget if it was the George V or George VI convention – that when you’re the grandson of the monarch, then when the father of Harry becoming king, automatically Archie and our next baby would become prince or princess or whatever they were going to be.”

A map showing the line of succession to the throne

The line of succession to the throne (Picture: EXPRESS)

After saying it was ‘not their right to take away’ the title from her children, the Duchess added: ‘And so, I think even with this convention that I’m talking about, while I was pregnant, they said they wanted to change the convention for Archie.”

After his birth, Archie would have been entitled to the courtesy title Earl of Dumbarton, deriving from the title Harry holds in Scotland, but reports that emerged at the time of his birth claimed the Sussexes had decided not to use it.

Speaking to Ms Winfrey, Meghan said it was “not our decision to make” when asked if her son was dressed as a prince.

Archie was born on May 6, 2019 in a London hospital and spent his first six months at Frogmore Cottage, the official Sussex residence in the UK.

Prince Harry at the service at St Paul's Cathedral on June 3

Prince Harry returned to the UK earlier this month to mark the Queen’s Jubilee (Image: GETTY)

In mid-November that year, he flew with his parents to Canada for a reported six-week break from royal duties.

In March 2020, he crossed the Canadian border with Meghan and Harry and moved to California as his parents retired from the firm as senior members.

Lili was born on June 4 last year and, alongside the rest of her family, made her first visit to England earlier this month, over the Platinum Jubilee weekend.

It is believed she was introduced to the Queen during the Sussexes’ stay in the UK and celebrated her first birthday with a garden party attended by close friends and family of Meghan and Harry.

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