Harry and Meghan’s decision to use the Prince and Princess titles for Archie and Lilibet is a ‘predictable’ move that ‘proves Harry is still a royalist’, royal expert claims
- Tessa Dunlop claimed it proved the couple’s connection to royalty is priceless
- The Sussexes’ statement confirmed that they had christened her ‘Princess Lilibet’
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to refer to their children as Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet is a “predictable” move that shows their connection to the British royal family is priceless despite the Sussexes’ recent attacks on the monarchy, one expert said. .
Tessa Dunlop, a royal historian, said the couple’s decision to use the titles Archie and Lilibet comes as no surprise, after a spokesperson for the Sussexes referred to their youngest daughter as ‘Princess Lilibet’ for the first time today. .
She said that despite Prince Harry launching scathing attacks on the royal family in his $100 million Netflix docuseries and explosive memoir Spare, the decision is “proof” the duke is still a royalist.
It comes as Duke and Duchess confirmed they celebrated year-old Lili’s christening in Montecito, California last Friday with around 20-30 guests invited to their $14.7 million mansion for a party.
Earlier today, a spokesperson for the couple confirmed that the christening had taken place, while People The magazine reported that the King and Queen Consort and the Prince and Princess of Wales received an invitation but did not attend.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (pictured) have taken a “predictable” step in using the princely titles of Archie and Lilibet, a royal historian has told The Mirror. The couple confirmed today that they had baptized their youngest daughter Lilibet Diana last Friday in a statement in which they referred to her as ‘Princess Lilibet’
Harry and Meghan’s youngsters became princes and princesses when the King acceded to the throne, but have remained simply “masters” and “ladies” on the Buckingham Palace website for the past six months.
The Palace confirmed that the site’s line of succession list will now be updated to reflect the change after a spokesperson for the Sussexes publicly referred to Lili as a princess for the first time today when announcing the news of her christening.
speaking to MirrorDunlop said: “For those of you who have any doubts that Harry is still essentially a royalist, here’s the proof: his daughter Lilibet has just been christened Princess Lilibet Diana in California.
“The Sussexes have subsequently confirmed that they intend to use the titles of prince and princess for their son Archie and daughter Lilibet.”
Lilibet Diana and her older brother Archie inherited the titles of prince and princess when King Charles ascended the throne. Buckingham Palace confirmed today that their titles will be updated on the website to reflect the line of succession. Pictured: The family in their 2021 Christmas card
He added that the move was “predictable” after Harry and Meghan kept their titles of duke and duchess despite stepping down as royals and moving to the United States.
Although Prince Harry, 38, has launched several attacks on the Royal Family in recent months, he has argued that he believes in the monarchy.
During an interview with ITV journalist Tom Bradby before Spare’s publication, Bradby asked him the question, to which Harry replied: “Yes.”
However, when the journalist continued: ‘Do you think you will play a role in his future?’ he replied: ‘I don’t know.’
Less than 24 hours after Lilibet’s christening, Harry hosted an online Q&A to promote his Spare memoir, and it’s possible that guests at the christening were staying at his mansion while it happened.
It comes after the prince launched another volley, telling controversial doctor Dr. Gabor Mate that he received no hugs or attention during his “incredibly painful” childhood.
In an interview with Dr Mate to promote his memoir, Spare – which was broadcast live and cost viewers £19 a ticket – also lamented his “broken home upbringing” and how he felt “different” from the rest of his family.
The Mail understands that Harry and Meghan’s former UK home, Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, which the King is said to have taken from them, will be available for them to stay if they fly to England to attend.
Lili, as her parents call her, was baptized by the Bishop of Los Angeles, the Rev. John Taylor. She is the oldest member of the California Episcopal Church, which is an Anglican domination with ties to the Church of England.
No other current members of the Royal Family are believed to have been baptized by the Episcopal Church.
Meghan was a Catholic growing up, before being baptized and confirmed into the Church of England in 2018.
It is also understood that Lilibet’s HRH will be ‘held on hold’, which describes a state of temporary disuse. Harry and Meghan are no longer Their Royal Highnesses after Megxit because they stepped down as royals.