The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s children have officially been titled Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet by Buckingham Palace.
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan’s kids were referred to as “master” and “miss” until Thursday (09.03.23) on the Palace website, which was updated to include their royal titles after the couple declared it was the youngsters’ “birthright” to be called prince and princess.
The site now places the children as sixth and seventh on its ‘List of Succession’ as prince and princess, but on the kids’ profile pages on the site they are known by their full names – Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor and Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.
Harry, 38, and Meghan, 41, called their 21-month-old daughter Lilibet a princess for the first time on Wednesday (08.03.23) after they confirmed she had last week been christened during an intimate ceremony at their home in California.
A spokesperson for the couple, who quit royal duties in 2020 as part of their ‘Megxit’ deal for a new life in America, said: “The children’s titles have been a birthright since their grandfather became Monarch.
“This matter has been settled for some time in alignment with Buckingham Palace.”
King Charles, 74, is understood to have told Harry that his children would be allowed to be called prince and princess in a “private conversation” after the Queen’s funeral last year.
The move is being seen as an “olive branch” to the couple amid the rift between them and the royal family following the couple’s accusation it was racist and the publication of Harry’s tell-all ‘Spare’ memoir.
A source told the Daily Mirror: “The appropriate conversations took place ahead of Lilibet’s christening.”
Harry and Meghan are said to want to give their son Archie, three, and Lilibet the chance to decide for themselves whether to drop or keep using the royal titles when they get old enough to make their decision.
The kids became prince and princess when Charles acceded to the throne, but had remained “master” and “miss” on the Buckingham Palace website for the past six months since the death of Queen Elizabeth aged 96 in September.
Lilibet, due to turn two in June, had around 30 guests at her christening on Friday (03.03.23), with members of the royal family including Charles, Queen Consort Camilla, as well as Prince William and his wife Kate reportedly having been invited before they turned down the offer to attend.