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Will Meghan Markle’s Royal Title Change After The Queen’s Death?

The passing of Queen Elizabeth II has brought about many major changes within the royal family, especially when it comes to titles and the royal line of succession. Prince Charles, heir to the throne, is now King Charles III, and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, is now the Queen Consort. The title changes have also trickled down to Charles’ own lineage, with his eldest son Prince William and wife Kate Middleton becoming Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge, with the option of becoming the Prince and Princess of Wales if the King chooses to donate them the honor.

So, what does that mean for Prince Harry, King Charles’ second child, and his wife, Meghan Markle? The pair became the Duke and Duchess of Sussex when they tied the knot in 2018, and when they stepped back as senior working members of the Royal Family, they lost the honor of being called His and Her Royal Highness, but they duke and duchess remained.

With Charles’ ascension, it’s unlikely Harry and Meghan’s titles will change, but it’s possible their children could be upgraded to Prince Archie and Princess Lillibet. That’s a big change, considering Archie, 3, and Lillibet, 1 weren’t born with royal titles to begin with.

This is due to a patent letter issued by King George V in 1917, which stated that only the children of the Sovereign, the children of the Sovereign’s sons and the eldest living son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales could become princes and princesses. Archie and Lillibet did not fit those descriptions during the reign of their great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II. But with Charles on the throne, they qualify as “the children of the Sovereign’s sons” – also known as Harry’s children. Changes could also always be made by the sovereign. The Queen granted a Letters Patent in 2012, allowing all of William’s children to receive royal titles, not just Prince George. But the same was not done for Archie.

When Archie was born in 2019, he could have been given the courtesy title of Earl of Dumbarton (one of Harry’s titles in Scotland), but it was said that Harry and Meghan decided to waive that, as well as “His Royal Highness,” so that he would be a could lead more private lives. However, Meghan revealed that the decision for them was made by the firm. “It wasn’t our decision to make,” she said in her interview with Oprah Winfrey. As for why William’s children were all made royal and not Harry’s, Meghan said, “I’ve heard a lot about it through Harry…it was a decision they thought was appropriate.”

If the title of Prince and Princess becomes available to Archie and Lillibet, it could ultimately be Harry and Meghan’s decision to use them. Since they have abdicated from royal duties and moved to California, they may turn it down. Other royals have also chosen not to give their children prince and princess titles when eligible, such as Princess Anne and Prince Edward when it comes to their own children.

Erica Gonzales is the Senior Culture Editor at, where she oversees coverage of TV, movies, music, books, and more. She was previously an editor at There’s a 75 percent chance she’s listening to Lorde now.

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