Will Meghan Markle’s royal title change in the wake of the Queen’s death?

The passing of Queen Elizabeth II has sparked a lot of big changes in the royal family, especially when it comes to titles and the royal line of succession. Prince Charles, heir to the throne, is now King Charles III, and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, is now Queen Consort. The title changes have also trickled down to Charles’ own family, where his eldest son Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton have stayed Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridgewith the possibility of becoming Prince and Princess of Wales if the King chooses to bestow the honor upon them.

So what does this mean for Prince Harry, King Charles’ second child, and his wife, Meghan Markle? The couple became the Duke and Duchess of Sussex when they tied the knot in 2018, and when they stepped down as senior working members of the Royal Family, they lost the honor of being called His and Her Royal Highnesses, but remained Duke and duchess.

With Charles’ ascension, it is unlikely that Harry and Meghan’s titles will change, but it is possible that their children could be upgraded to Prince Archie and Princess Lillibet. It’s a big change considering Archie, 3, and Lillibet, 1, weren’t born with royal titles to begin with.

This is due to a letters patent issued by King George V in 1917, which listed that only the children of the sovereign, the children of the sons of the sovereign and the eldest living son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales could be princes and princesses. Archie and Lillibet did not fit these descriptions during the reign of their great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II. But with Charles on the throne, they qualify as “the children of the sovereign’s sons” – also known as Harry’s children. Changes could also always be made by the sovereign. The queen issued letters patent in 2012, so all of William’s children were given royal titles, not just Prince George. But the same was not done for Archie.

As Archie was born in 2019, he could have received the courtesy title Earl of Dumbarton (one of Harry’s titles in Scotland), but it was said that Harry and Meghan decided to forget it, as well as “His Royal Highness”, so that he could live a more private life. However, Meghan revealed that the decision was made for them by the company. “It was not our decision to make,” she said said in his interview with Oprah Winfrey. As for why William’s children were all made royals and not Harry’s, Meghan said: “I heard a lot about it through Harry … it was a decision they felt was appropriate.”

If the prince and princess titles become available to Archie and Lillibet, it may ultimately be Harry and Meghan’s decision to use them. Given that they have stepped back from royal duties and moved to California, it’s possible they would decline. Other royals have also opted out of giving their children prince and princess titles when they became eligible, such as Princess Anne and Prince Edward when it came to their own children.

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