Meghan Markle, 39, aired her upset at her and Prince Harry’s son Archie Harrison, one, not receiving a royal title at birth during the Sussexes recent interview with Oprah Winfrey. The Duchess seemed to suggest their son had been unfairly deprived of royal status when his cousins Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two, were not.
A constitutional expert has explained why Prince William, 38, and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge’s children have had royal titles and HRH styles from the moment they were born when the Sussexes’ children will not.
The matter of who receives royal titles is outlined by George V’s 1917 Letters Patent which states children and grandchildren of the presiding sovereign automatically become a prince or princess and receive HRH styles at birth.
Given that Archie is the Queen and Prince Philip’s 8th great-grandchild he does not fall within the category of royals who get titles from the moment they are born but then neither do George, Charlotte and Louis.
George, Charlotte and Louis, like Archie are great-grandchildren of the Queen but unlike their little cousin, they are high up in the line of succession.
Mr MacMarthanne explained: “As with any child of the Duke of Sussex, they will have, upon the accession of Prince Charles, and unless George V’s Letters Patent of 1917 have been amended, the right to use the style HRH and the title Princess or…