The royal family is an institution rife with rules. Some make sense, and some are – well, some are more confusing.
A rule that was quite confusing for many in the past year or so was why, even though Archie Mountbatten-Windsor was seventh in line to the throne (he is now sixth in line, upon the accession of Charles to the throne) and his younger sister Lilibet – or Lili – was eighth in line, they were not given HRH (His or Her Royal Highness) designation, nor were they a prince or a princess, respectively.
This issue gained steam after Archie and Lili’s parents, Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, appeared in an interview with Oprah discussing this issue as it related to Archie’s security. Harry’s brother Prince William’s three children all have HRH status and prince or princess titles, so why shouldn’t Archie (and, after her birth in June last year, Lili)?
The issue at hand
When Archie was born, he could have used the title of Earl of Dumbarton as a great-grandson of the Queen, but he would not have been born a prince.
“They were saying they didn’t want him to be a prince or princess, which would be different from protocol, and that he wasn’t going to receive security,” Meghan told Oprah. “This went on for the last few months of our pregnancy where I was going, hold on for a second.”
She continued, “They said [he’s not going to get security] because he’s not going to be a prince. Okay, well, he needs to be safe, so we’re not…