Prince Harry’s children, unlike their cousins, William’s children, had not yet had rights to titles. The death of their great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, and the ascension to the throne of their grandfather, Charles III, automatically gave them the right to them. Where did this change come from and why have the royal great-grandchildren not been treated equally so far?
The children of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, although high on the list of succession to the British throne, have not been entitled to the title of Their Royal Highnesses, nor have they been dukes. Archie Mountbatten-Windsor after the death of my great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, He moved from seventh to sixth in the queue for the crown, his younger sister, named after his grandmother Lilibet (this is what his relatives called Queen Elizabeth in their youth – ed.), is now seventh. Why were Harry and Meghan’s children not entitled to the title so far? As the British “Independent” explains, it results from the royal letter patent, i.e. the regulation issued by King George V in 1917, limiting the number of family members with royal titles. According to this document, all the monarch’s grandchildren have the right to the title, but not the great-grandchildren.
Why William’s Children Earlier Prince’s Titles Before
So what about the other great-grandchildren of Queen Elizabeth, Their Royal Highnesses Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, the children of William and Kate? Why were they entitled to the titles? This is in part due to the same royal patent where the monarch specified that “the eldest son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales” is also entitled to the title. In 2012, even before George was born, not knowing whether William’s first child would be a boy or a girl, the Queen issued a new ordinance, giving the title of Their Royal Highnesses to all the children of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales. In this way, all three have princely titles and their cousins do not.
Why are Archie and Lilibet only now receiving the princely titles
What has changed now? After Queen Elizabeth II’s death announcement the change is fundamental. Archie and Lilibet will no longer be the great-grandchildren of the monarch, but grandchildren. And in accordance with the law from 105 years ago, they will receive titles automatically. Unless … here “The Independent” makes an important reservation – their grandfather King Charles III decides otherwise, issuing his patent.
According to Victoria Arbiter, a journalist specializing in matters of the British throne, quoted by the portal, the possible change and deprivation of the rights to the title of Harry and Meghan’s children would probably appeal to the public. “Technically, according to the ‘letter patent’ of 1917 [Archie i Lili] they automatically become a prince and a princess because that is how the rules are. Time will show, however, whether Harry and Meghan will want it, and the pressure that comes with it. “The specialist emphasizes in the” Independent “one more thing:” for Harry, Meghan and the rest of the royal family, they would all want one thing – to fix their relations. If it does, it could determine Charles’ actions in the future. ”
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