Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's son, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor is now technically a prince, a title the Duchess of Sussex previously alleged was denied because of his skin color. Archie is seventh in line to the British throne.
Their daughter Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, eighth in line in the order of succession, is now also entitled to the title of princess.
In an interview with Oprah Winfrey last year, Markle said that while she was pregnant “they” — presumably the palace — “were saying they didn’t want him to be a prince … which would be different from protocol.”
She implied it might be a case of “the first member of color in this family not being titled in the same way that other grandchildren would be.”
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However, the only great-grandchildren of the late Queen Elizabeth II with royal titles were Prince William's three kids — Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. The other nine great-grandchildren, including Archie and Lilibet, are not princes and princesses.
That's because of a decree issued by King George V in 1917 limiting the titles of prince and princess to the children of the monarch, children of the monarch’s sons and “the eldest living son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales” — that’s William’s son Prince George.
Bob Morris from the Constitution Unit at University College London, said the rule was drawn up to trim the increasingly unwieldy number of princely titles.
“Queen Victoria had nine children who were all princes and princesses, and then they had children and so forth, and George V took the view ... that something needed to be done to tidy up the situation,” he said.
The queen has the power to amend the rules, and in 2012 Queen Elizabeth decreed that all the children of Prince William and his wife, Catherine, not just the eldest, would be princes and princesses.
In her interview, Markle said she was told that “they want to change the convention for Archie.” It is unclear what she was referring to, but Morris said King Charles III has let it be known that he favored "a smaller royal family" for the monarchy, suggesting the Sussexes children could be excluded from the receiving titles.