Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s kids can receive prince and princess titles when their grandfather becomes king—but will Prince Charles strip Archie and Lilibet’s royal titles instead? Well, at least one royal expert believes he won’t make that “unpopular and hostile” decision.
Robert Lacey, who is the author of Battle of Brothers: William, Harry and the Inside Story of a Family in Tumult, explained to People that he finds it very unlikely that the Prince of Wales, 72, will challenge the royal convention that allows all of his grandchildren to receive the titles of prince or princess once he takes the throne. “I don’t think he will make the unpopular and hostile move of removing the royal status of his grandchildren,” Lacey told the magazine in a report published on Friday, June 25.
The rule that would allow Archie and Lilibet to become a prince and princess was established by King George V in 1917, after he issued a Letters Patent which read, “the grandchildren of the sons of any such Sovereign in the direct male line (save only the eldest living son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales) shall have and enjoy in all occasions the style and title enjoyed by the children of dukes of these our realms.”
Joe Little, the managing editor of Majesty magazine, further explained the convention to People: “As the grandchildren of the Sovereign, they have the right to be upgraded to the style of…