‘No real need’: Archie and Lili ‘not expected’ to receive titles after Charles’s accession


Archie Harrison and Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana became eligible for the HRH styling and titles of prince and princess following King Charles III’s accession to the throne.

“I think that Meghan and Harry made it quite clear even before they left as working Royal Family members that they wanted their children, or at that time their child Archie, to have a sort of protection from the less attractive side of being in the Royal Family.”

Mr Sacerdoti went on to say it would seem “strange” if Meghan and Harry pressed to have their children styled with a royal title after they stepped down as full-time working royals.

He said: “And I think, given that was their aim and one of the biggest factors in the decisions they have made since then, it would actually seem strange for them to want to try to style their children that way.

“Princess Anne has been a good example. She is in the working Royal Family but she was very specific that she didn’t want her children to be encumbered by titles when they were born.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry walking hand in hand

Archie and Lili became eligible for the titles of prince and princess after Charles’s accession (Image: GETTY)

Archie being held by Meghan while Harry looks on

Archie, Meghan and Harry in September 2019 during the royal tour of South Africa (Image: GETTY)

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“I think that shows that there are two sides to having these honours, stylings and privileges. And I think it’s natural for the parents to wants perhaps to protect their children if it’s not necessary.”

Princess Anne, the Queen and Prince Philip’s only daughter, spoke about her decision not to style as HRH Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips when they were born in an interview dating back to 2020.

Speaking to Vanity Fair to mark her 70th birthday, the Princess Royal said: “I think it was probably easier for them, and I think most people would argue that there are downsides to having titles. So I think that was probably the right thing to do.”

Indeed, during the years, Zara and Peter were able to pursue their own careers unbounded by the Firm’s rules, while still be able to take part in wider celebrations and events linked to the monarchy and the sovereign.

Mr Sacerdoti also suggested the fact that Archie and Lili are growing up in the US would make royal titles even more redundant.

Meghan Markle smiling at Harry who holds Archie

Archie was born in May 2019 (Image: GETTY)

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are no longer senior royals (Image: GETTY)

He said: “And Archie and Lilibet are not even living in the UK, so there is no real need for them to have this titles and styling. So I think they will get what is due to them as part of the Royal Family but I don’t think there is any need for them to get more.”

The issue of Meghan and Harry’s children’s titles was first raised by the Duchess of Sussex during her bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, first aired in the spring of 2021.

Following the birth of Archie in May 2019, it was reported the Sussexes had chosen against giving him the title of Earl he could at that point receive as the great-grandchild of the sovereign.

Speaking to Ms Winfrey, however, Meghan claimed there were conversations among unnamed people at the palace who “didn’t want” Archie to be a prince, adding the absence of this title would be tied to him not having police protection in the future.

Asked whether reports she and Harry didn’t want Archie to have the title of prince were not true, Meghan said: “No, and it’s not our decision to make, right?”

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry dressed in black

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

The Letters Patent issued by King George V in 1917 established that only the children of the sovereign, the children of the sovereign’s sons, and the eldest living son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales should receive the title of prince or princess.

This convention was modified by Queen Elizabeth II, who extended the title of prince and princess to all the children of the then Prince of Wales’s firstborn.

Now that Archie and Lili have become the grandchildren of the monarch, they have become entitled to be styled as HRH Prince Archie and HRH Princess Lilibet.


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