A royal expert believes that King Charles might bestow the titles of Prince and Princess on Archie and Lilibet, the children of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on one condition: trust. There have been several rumors swirling about whether or not Archie, 3, and Lilibet, 1, will receive royal titles now that Charles has ascended the throne. There have also been reports that the Sussexes have been furious that their children will not receive royal titles as it is connected with security issues. Harry, 38, and Meghan, 41 gave up their HRH titles when they stepped down as senior royals in early 2020 and moved to California. They claimed that the lack of titles left their family without adequate security. The couple is also said to have pointed out the hypocrisy that princesses Beatrice and Eugenie have HRH status but are not working royals.

“Harry and Meghan were worried about the security issue and being prince and princess bring them the right to have certain levels of royal security,” a source recently told The Sun. “They have been insistent that Archie and Lilibet are prince and princess. They have been relentless since the Queen died. But they have been left furious that Archie and Lilibet cannot take the title HRH. That is the agreement — they can be prince and princess but not HRH because they are not working royals.”

The children were far down the line of succession when they were born but now are considered to be the monarch’s grandchildren rather than great-grandchildren and should be allowed to use the titles as well as HRH. “One of the interesting things that came out in all of this was the speculation about titles, and Archie and Lilibet, whether they would officially be acknowledged as Prince and Princess, the titles owed to them when Charles became King,” said author and royal correspondent Katie Nicholl who believes the new King will cease plans to strip the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s kids of their titles “with a caveat”. “And that caveat is trust. (He) has to know that (he) can trust the (Sussex) family,” Nicholl said, according to the Daily Mail. Nicholl pointed out that currently the children are still labeled as “master” and “miss” on the royal website. 

According to The Sun, the couple previously spoke about their children’s titles during one part of their interview with Oprah Winfrey. Meghan told the host in early 2021, “They were saying they didn’t want him to be a Prince or a Princess. You know, the other piece of that convention is, there’s a convention – I forget if it was George V or George VI convention – that when you’re the grandchild of the monarch, so when Harry’s dad becomes King, automatically Archie and our next baby would become Prince or Princess, or whatever they were going to be… But also it’s not their right to take it away.” The King is yet to comment publicly about the matter.

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