Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor is now officially a princess. On the occasion of their christening last week, parents Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan used the title “Princess” for their daughter for the first time. A representative for the couple said on Wednesday (March 8): “I can confirm that Princess Lilibet Diana was christened by Archbishop of Los Angeles John Taylor on Friday March 3.”
Under the rules laid down by King George V in 1917, Archie and Lilibet – as grandchildren of a sovereign – have automatically been entitled to the titles of prince and princess since King Charles III. became the new British king on September 8, 2022 after the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II.
Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Call Lilibet’s Title ‘Birthright’
Despite the tense relationship between the monarch and the Sussexes, who have repeatedly attacked the royal family in recent months, insiders say there have been “private talks”. These would have taken place after the Queen’s funeral between the King and Prince Harry, with the result that it was agreed that Lilibet and Archie would become Prince and Princess. In a new statement, Harry and Meghan now stress that the prince and princess title is their children’s “birthright”. A spokesman for the couple said: “Child titles have been a birthright since her grandfather became monarch. This matter has been settled in accordance with Buckingham Palace for some time.”
Insider certain: King Charles would never have ‘punished’ his grandchildren by stripping them of their titles
Up until the baptism, the parents feared that King Charles might change his mind and forbid their children to be princes or princesses. This fear was unjustified, however, because royal sources report, according to The Daily Mail, that the monarch would have “never punished his grandchildren like this”.
Buckingham Palace updates Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet’s titles on website
Prior to the christening, the two were listed on the Palace website as Master Archie Mountbatten-Windsor and Miss Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor. The royal family promised to update the titles on Wednesday. And indeed: On Thursday morning (March 9th) this was implemented and
the children now appear as Prince Archie of Sussex and Princess Lilibet of Sussex
Harry and Meghan want to use their children’s titles for formal occasions
Insiders are also sure that Harry and Meghan want to give both Lilibet and Archie the opportunity to decide for themselves whether they want to use the titles or not – once they are old enough to do so. This is reported by The Daily Mail. It also says the parents intend to use the titles for formal occasions, but not in everyday conversational use.
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