Prince Harry and Meghan defend child prince and princess titles

Harry holds Archie, Meghan smiles next to him and Lilibet

The titles are their children’s ‘birthright’, they said (Image: REX/PA)

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have said their children’s prince and princess titles are their “birthright”.

Prince Harry and Meghan announced yesterday that their daughter Lilibet was christened – and bore the title “princess” in public for the first time.

It is understood that they will now refer to their son Archie in formal situations as well, using his royal title ‘Prince’.

Now they have issued a new statement saying Buckingham Palace had long agreed the change would take place if the King ascended the throne after the Queen’s death.

A spokesman for the Sussexes said: “Child titles have been a birthright since her grandfather became monarch.

“This matter has been settled in accordance with Buckingham Palace for some time.”

Archie and Lilibet are currently listed as Master and Miss on the royal website.

Harry and Meghan are holding baby Archie

Harry holds Archie when he was a newborn (Image: REX)

However, a spokesman for the Palace has confirmed that it “will be updated in due course”.

Harry and Megan are said to be keen on letting their children choose whether to drop the royal titles for themselves as they grow older.

The titling rules established by King George V in 1917 mean that Archie and Lili, as children of a sovereign’s son, automatically became prince and princess when Charles became king.

They would also be entitled to an HRH style, but their parents stopped using that after they stepped down as senior royals.

Some people have urged the couple to give up their titles after they moved to America and conducted a series of interviews in which she made explosive claims about the royal family.

When asked if he would do that in an interview with Anderson Cooper, Harry asked, “And what difference would it make?”

Cooper replied, “One of the criticisms you’ve received is that you want to move to California and step down from the institutional role. Why so public?

“Why would you reveal conversations you had with your father or with your brother? You say you tried to do this in private.”

Harry responded, saying, “Every time I’ve tried privately, there have been briefings and leaks and stories against me and my wife.”

He added: “You know, the family motto is never complain, never explain. But it’s just a motto. And it doesn’t really last.’

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Justin Scacco

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