Lilibet will NOT be a princess, just like Archie is not a prince – a move Meghan and Harry falsely told Oprah because the ‘rules were changed’ to downgrade them
- Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor has become eighth in line to the throne
- But despite being Prince Harry’s daughter, she doesn’t get a title right away
- However, she will have the right to become a princess – an ‘HRH’ – after the death of the Queen and the succession of Prince Charles
- Meghan Suggested Archie Shouldn’t Be A Prince During Oprah Winfrey Interview
Prince Harry and Meghan’s newborn daughter won’t become a princess right away, but will be entitled to it when the Queen dies.
Like her two-year-old brother Archie, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor has no official title.
But they will both be entitled to HRH styles when Charles becomes king, as they will have moved up in the line of succession to become the children of a monarch’s son.
The complex rule, dating back to George V, has sparked considerable controversy before.
Prince Harry and Meghan’s newborn daughter won’t become a princess right away, but will be entitled to it when the queen dies
Under George V rules, Archie would still have the right to be an HRH or a prince when his grandfather Charles, the Prince of Wales, ascends the throne
There was mass confusion when Meghan suggested in her interview with Oprah Winfrey that the royal family would have stripped Archie of his princely title before he was born.
The Duchess had said that from the start of her first pregnancy, she felt that the rules were being changed unfairly and inexplicably for him.
She told the talk show host: “In those months I was pregnant, around the same time, so we have this conversation at the same time, ‘you don’t get security, you don’t get a title’ and also worries and conversations about how dark his skin is.” could be when he was born.’
However, the suggestion that Archie had lost his title was not questioned, with Oprah instead focusing on the more shocking claim about Archie’s skin color.
Since the interview, royal experts have dismissed the claim against palace officials, citing a 1917 rule as the reason Archie — and now Lilibet — is not yet HRH.
There was mass confusion when Meghan suggested that the royal family allegedly stripped Archie of his princely title before he was born in her amazing interview with Oprah Winfrey
In patent letters signed by King George V – the Queen’s grandfather – only royal descendants who are in the direct line of succession can become prince or princess and receive titles of His or Her Royal Highness (HRH).
The Letters Patent read: ‘…the grandchildren of the sons of such sovereign in the direct male line (except only the eldest living son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales) shall on all occasions enjoy the style and title by the children of dukes of these our realms.’
According to the rules, only Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge’s eldest son, Prince George – as the monarch’s great-grandson in the direct line of succession to the throne – originally had the right to be a prince.
Before George’s birth in 2013, the Queen stepped in to issue a Letters Patent to ensure that all of George’s siblings — as the children of future monarch William — would have appropriate titles.
Under George V rules, Archie would still have the right to be an HRH or a prince when his grandfather Charles, the Prince of Wales, ascends the throne.
What the succession order looks like now: Lilibet will take 8th place on the line and will overtake Prince Andrew, Prince Beatrice and Princess Eugenie (order pictured)
Meghan said becoming a prince was neither her nor Harry’s “decision” for Archie and described her “pain” that palace officials said Archie would receive “no security” or a title.
When asked if it was “important” to Meghan that Archie should be called a prince, she said she has nothing to do with the “greatness” of official titles.
But she said it was about “the idea that our son isn’t safe, and also the idea that the first colored member in this family doesn’t get the same title as other grandchildren.”
Lilibet is eighth in line to the throne, after Archie, and their places are not threatened by their parents stepping down as senior working royals
The new baby is also a cousin to Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis and a fifth grandchild for Charles, but will grow up across the Atlantic Ocean, thousands of miles away from the royal family.
The couple confirmed during their Oprah Winfrey interview in March that they were expecting a girl.
A delighted Prince Harry indicated they didn’t want any more children, saying, ‘A girl, you know, what more could you want?
“But now we have our family. There are four of us and our two dogs and it’s great.’
He said they would be “done” with two children and the Duchess agreed, adding: “It’s two.”