Harry and Meghan warned King to hold back on children titles after ‘bonds of trust broken’


Lilibet and Archie might not get the prince and princess titles over their parents’ dispute with King Charles, a royal author suggested.

“But I think so much of it comes down to a matter of trust.

“And there is a sense…that bond of trust has been broken by the couple.”

Upon the death of the Queen, Archie and Lilibet should have been allowed to use their new titles but are still listed as “Master Archie Mountbatten-Windsor” and “Miss Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor” in the official line of succession.

Sussexes and King

King Charles could turn down the Sussexes’ request hand over the royal highness titles (Image: GETTY)

Katie Nicholl

Katie Nicholl saus the issue of trust could have the Sussexes lose their children’s right to HRH (Image: Palace Confidential)

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According to a rule established by King George V in 1917, “…the grandchildren of the sons of any such 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 in all occasions the style and title enjoyed by the children of dukes of these our realms.”

However, whether they will get the HRH titles is now up to King Charles, who has the power to change the rules.

There have reportedly been arguments behind the scenes over the issue, with a source telling the Sun Harry and Meghan are not pleased about the apparent absence of title.

The source said: “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.”

King Charles

King Charles could ultimately deny Lilibet and Archies’ royal highness titles (Image: GETTY)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are reportedly not please that their children have not got the titles (Image: GETTY)

Harry and Meghan are adamant their children should get the coveted royal title in part because of the extra royal security they would be entitled to.

The source told The Sun: “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.”

Meghan Markle and Archie

Meghan Markle claimed Archie would not get the title because of his skin clour (Image: GETTY)

Past monarchs, including Queen Elizabeth, have resorted to a royal order known as “letters patent” allowing them to use a different set of titles than the ones they technically were supposed to hand over.

King Charles now faces an unprecedented case with Meghan and Harry, who stepped back from their royal duties in 2020 and gave up on their royal highnesses titles.

Meghan had previously alleged her son’s title had been put into question before his birth.


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