Rules around Royal titles explained – and why Archie doesn’t have one

One of the topics which was brought up during Oprah Winfrey’s tell-all interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry was their son’s lack of a Royal title.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex sat down with the iconic TV host to speak about their time in the Royal Family in an interview which aired in the UK on ITV on Monday.

The former actress seemed to suggest that the institution of the monarchy didn’t want her and Harry’s child to have a title.

Meghan seemed to hint that their son had been treated unfairly compared to his Royal cousins – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

The Duchess of Sussex claimed: “They were saying they didn't want him to be a prince or princess, which would be different from protocol, and that he wasn't going to receive security.”

Many might find it was strange when Archie didn’t automatically get the title of Prince – but rules around Royal titles aren’t straight forward.

The reason Archie doesn’t have a title – but his cousins do – is down to rules set by King George V more than 100 years ago.

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Constitutional expert Iain MacMarthanne told Daily Express: ”Setting all other considerations or concerns aside, the matter of who enjoys the style ‘HRH’ and the title ‘Princess’ and ‘Prince’ is clear cut and determined by Letters Patent issued by George V in 1917."

According to Mr MacMarthanne, it is the grandchildren of the sovereign that automatically get the title – but not their great-grandchildren.

Mr MacMarthanne added: "Under the terms of these Letters Patent any children of the Duke of Sussex, as great-grandchildren of the sovereign, would not automatically enjoy either style or title as they fall outwith the established criteria.”

According to the rules, only Prince George is entitled to be a Prince, as he is the eldest son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales.

But the Queen changed the rules so that Charlotte and Louis would get the same title as their older brother.

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When Archie’s grandfather Prince Charles becomes King, he will be the grandchild of the sovereign, and he should automatically become a prince.

But Meghan went on to claim that the Palace planned to change the convention to keep Archie from having a title.

Speaking to Oprah, she said: “And so I think even with that convention, I'm talking about while I was pregnant, they said they want to change the convention for Archie," she said. "Hmm, well, why?”

At the time it was suggested that Meghan and Harry didn’t want their child to have a title in a bid to let them have a normal a childhood as possible.

But Meghan said this wasn’t the case: “No. And it's not our decision to make. Even though I have a lot of clarity on what comes with the titles, good and bad, and from my experience, a lot of pain.

“I, again, wouldn't wish pain on my child, but that is their birthright to then make a choice about.”

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