Prince Charles Won't Allow Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Kids to Receive Royal Titles When He Becomes King
Prince Charles has reportedly made it clear to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle that their children, including Archie, will not be given royal titles when the time comes that he becomes king.
According to Women's Health, Prince Charles has made it clear to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle that their kids won't be given titles when he takes the throne even though "a grandchild of the sovereign has long had the right to be a Prince."
The children of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex do not have any royal titles now but were expected to have in the future as they are currently the great-grandchildren of Queen Elizabeth II, the sovereign.
So when their grandfather, the Prince of Wales, becomes king, they would have automatically been granted titles. However, Prince Charles apparently plans to change that rule officially.
A source close to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle said that Prince Charles would change key legal documents to make sure Archie and his little sister Lilibet do not inherit royal titles when he takes the throne.
Royal Historian on the Royal Titles
A royal historian branded Prince Charles' move not to allow Archie to be prince as clumsy, The Mirror reported. Royal historian, broadcaster, and author Dr. Tessa Dunlop said that if it's true, Prince Charles has dropped the ball with his decision.
Dunlop added that Prince Charles reminds her of the well-meaning, avuncular man who is a little out of date and gets things wrong.
She further noted that the Prince of Wales had failed to realize the implications of refusing Archie to give a royal title. Dunlop said he failed to recognize the wider meaning of having a woman of color in the modern Royal Family and what it meant for the possible reach and diversity in the institution.
The full details of Prince Charles' plan for a slimmed-down Monarchy have not yet been released. However, it was reported that only a few would receive financial support from the Sovereign Grant and taxpayer-funded police protection.
Experts noted that the Duke of York's daughters, namely Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, could lose their titles, financial support, and security.
Prince Charles Wants a Slimmed-Down Monarchy
A source told The Sun that Prince Charles has never made any secret that he wants to cut down on the number of working royals when he becomes king. The source noted that the next-to-the-throne royal realized that the public does not want to pay for a huge Monarchy.
The Cambridge kids would receive royal titles, with Prince William being a direct heir in the line of succession. The old rules noted that his oldest son would automatically receive a title.
Meanwhile, insiders said they had not seen it coming and were shocked by Prince Charles' decision, Daily Mail reported. The existing rules for Royal titles were cited in Letters Patent dated Nov. 20, 1917.
Under these rules, King George V, the Queen's grandfather, has allowed the title of Prince and Princess to be given to the sovereign's children.
The title could also be given to the children of the sovereign's sons and eldest living son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales.
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