Despite the couple’s departure from the British royal family, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s two children, Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet, now have royal titles.
According to a statement issued by a representative for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on Wednesday, March 8, Lilibet was referred to as a princess for the first time while announcing the 21-month-recent old’s christening.
“I can confirm that Princess Lilibet was christened on Friday, March 3, by the Rev. John Taylor, Archbishop of Los Angeles,” the spokesperson said in a statement.
According to People, the royal family’s official website intends to change the siblings’ titles from Master Archie and Miss Lilibet to Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet.
According to People magazine, the titles will only be used in formal settings and not in everyday situations.
Because of a rule established by King George V in 1917, Archie, 3, and Lilibet became prince and princess when their grandfather King Charles III took over the throne upon Queen Elizabeth II’s death in September 2022.
“On all occasions, the grandchildren of any such sovereign’s sons in the direct male line (save only the eldest living son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales) shall have and enjoy the style and title enjoyed by the children of dukes of these our realms,” George stated in the Letters Patent.
Archie and Lilibet were not given titles when they were born because they were the Queen’s great-grandchildren. However, because Prince William is Charles’ eldest son, his three children, Prince George, 9, Princess Charlotte, 7, and Prince Louis, 4, all received titles at birth.