The children of Prince Harry (38) and Duchess Meghan (41) are now called Prince Archie (3) and Princess Lilibet (21 months). When announcing their daughter's baptism, parents used it for the first time on their children's titles. A spokesman for the couple also confirmed in a statement to People magazine: "Princess Lilibet was christened on March 3 by the Archbishop of Los Angeles, Reverend John Taylor."
They had previously been referred to as "Master Archie Mountbatten-Windsor" and "Miss Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor".
The titles follow the precedent set by King George V (1865-1936) when he issued a patent decree in 1917 conferring the title of prince or princess on grandchildren in the ruler's male line.
"Children's titles have been a birthright since their grandfather became monarch," a spokesman for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex told the magazine. "This matter has been settled in accordance with Buckingham Palace for some time."
British media are even more concrete. Accordingly, King Charles III. (74) informed his son, Prince Harry, in a "private conversation" after the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II (1926-2022) last year that his children may be called Prince and Princess.
The palace will update Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet's titles on the royal family's website. That hasn't happened yet. The Coronation of King Charles III. but will not take place until May 6th in London's Westminster Abbey.
Harry and Meghan have been married since 2018 and emigrated to the United States in 2020. Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor was born on June 4, 2021 in Santa Barbara, California. Her big brother Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor (3) saw the light of day on May 6, 2019 in London.
In interviews, a Netflix documentary and an autobiography of the prince, Harry and Meghan have criticized members of the British royal family, local customs and the British press since emigrating.