The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s children, Archie and Lili, remain a mere master and damsel on the royal website rather than prince and princess, but the king’s spokesperson has pledged to update it.” as we receive information.”
While William’s title in the line of succession as Prince of Wales was quickly added with his children now listed as “of Wales”, Archie and Lili had not changed on Saturday.
They are technically now a prince and princess because their grandfather became king, but their parents or Buckingham Palace have not confirmed whether they will use the titles.
The king’s spokesman said the monarch announced William and Kate’s titles as Prince and Princess of Wales and expressed his love for Harry and Meghan in his address to the nation on Friday.
“Although the website has been updated for Welsh, it’s clear that updating love on a website doesn’t quite work, so we haven’t quite done that, but he clearly likes them. We will work on updating the website as we have information,” he said on Saturday.
When asked if Archie and Lili would take on the titles of Prince and Princess, he replied: “At the moment we are focusing on the next 10 days and as we have more information we will update update this website.”
In 2021 it was suggested that Charles – in a bid to limit the number of key royals – intended when he became monarch to prevent Archie from becoming a prince, but it is unlikely for him to make such a move which would be seen as very detrimental to his relationship with the Sussexes.
To do this, he would have to issue letters patent altering Archie’s right to be a prince and Lili’s right to be a princess.
Archie and Lili technically remain Prince and Princess with HRH style right now, whether or not their parents choose to use the titles on a day-to-day basis.
Meghan argued in the explosive Sussex interview with US talk show host Oprah Winfrey that Archie was not given the title of prince because of his race.
However, when Archie was born seventh to the throne in May 2019, he was too far down the line of succession.
Although he was a great-grandson of the monarch, he was not the eldest son of a future king, so he was not automatically a prince.
The Sussexes joined the Welsh for a walk on Saturday to meet well-wishers and view floral tributes outside Windsor Castle – the first time they have been pictured side-by-side since 2020.