Vanity Fair royal editor Katie Nicholl was dumbfounded when Meghan Markle appeared to insinuate that her son Archie would not be given the title of prince because of issues surrounding the colour of his skin. Meghan explained that Prince Charles’s desire for a “slimmed-down monarchy” means conventions would change so Archie may never become prince when Charles ascends the throne. But Ms Nicholl could not believe that Prince Harry or Meghan were not aware of the 1917 letters patent which clearly sets out how titles are distributed.
Under the 1917 letters patent – which are essentially statues from ruling monarchs – great-grandchildren of the monarch would no longer be princes or princesses, except for the eldest son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales.
In this case, Prince William’s eldest Prince George became prince automatically whereas his siblings and Archie did not.
However, the Queen extended the use of HRH titles to the rest of Prince William’s children in 2012.
Archie would become prince once Charles becomes king since he would then become a grandchild of the ruling monarch but Meghan appeared to suggest otherwise.
Ms Nicholl discussed Meghan’s disappointment that her son would not get the title of prince on the True Royalty podcast.
She said: “Meghan would have known [that this was for an established constitutional reason] and Harry would definitely have known.
“I think it was disingenuous to throw all this together and suggest that Archie wasn’t a…