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Why The Children Of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle can Now use The Titles Of Prince and Princess

Prince William and Kate Middleton may not be the only members of the royal family to inherit new titles after the death of Queen Elizabeth II

Although Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have relinquished their respective titles of His and Her Majesty since stepping down in 2020

Their children - 3-year-old son Archie Harrison and 15-month-old daughter Lilibet Diana - are now officially entitled to be called Prince and Princess

Now their grandfather, King Charles III, has stepped up to the throne as the Queen's successor and their father has risen through the succession

As far back as 1917, guidelines set by Harry's grandfather King George V allowed royal titles to be conferred on the children (i.e. their male grandchildren) of the sovereign's sons

When the Queen reigned, Harry's children were her grandchildren. Now that King Charles is on the throne, Harry's children are officially the monarch's grandchildren and therefore eligible.

Under the 1917 rule, only the children of the sovereign and the eldest son of the sovereign's eldest son are additionally entitled to royal titles

(this would mean Prince William's son Prince George before the Queen's death)

What about Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis? All of William's children have actually had their titles all along, since the new guidelines were adopted 10 years ago

In 2012, Queen Elizabeth II changed the rule so that all the children of the Prince of Wales's eldest son (that is, William's children before her death) would receive royal titles

So that his younger children with Kate could be called Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis while Her Majesty was still alive

Although Archie and Lili now have access to royal titles, whether they would want to use them is another story

After all, rumour has it that Harry and Meghan decided not to give Archie the title of Earl of Dumbarton - which he is entitled to - when he was born, for fear of offending him

And when the couple spoke to Oprah Winfrey on a special last year, Meghan said that some people in the palace were not thrilled with the idea that Archie would get the title of prince once the line of succession had moved on

"They said they didn't want him to be a prince ... which would be different from protocol, and that he wouldn't get protection," Meghan said

Asked if she would like Archie to have a royal title, Meghan said: "If it would mean that he would be safe, then of course."

Following the Queen's death, Harry is now fifth in line to the throne, while Archie and Lily are sixth and seventh respectively