Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s children will not obtain His and Her Royal Highness (HRH) titles, leaving the California-based couple once again concerned about not having adequate security.
According to the The Sun, Archie, 3, and Lilibet, 1, will officially be crowned the titles of prince and princess by their grandfather, the new King Charles III. The decision is automatic for the children, as they are entitled following the passing of their great-grandmother, the late Queen Elizabeth.
However, the kids will not receive the HRH designation, which the Sussex parents are reportedly not pleased about. It is a recurring concern for the couple since stepping away from their royal duties in 2020. Although they agreed, Harry and Meghan were left feeling worried about their family’s lack of protection.
“Harry and Meghan were worried about the security issue and being prince and princess brings them the right to have certain levels of royal security,” a source told the U.K. news outlet.
“They have been insistent that Archie and Lilibet are prince and princess. They have been relentless since the Queen died.”
“But they have been left furious that Archie and Lilibet cannot take the title HRH. That is the agreement — they can be prince and princess but not HRH because they are not working royals,” the source continued.
For the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, racism has long played a role in deciding the fate of their titles. In a 2021 Time interview, Meghan shockingly revealed to Oprah Winfrey that a member of the royal family had “concerns and conversations about how dark his [Archie’s] skin might be when he was born.”
When they fled the royal life, Meghan said at the time that she was “shocked the first mixed-race great-grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II, would not be given the title of prince.”
She added, “They didn’t want him to be a prince or a princess [sic]. He wasn’t going to receive security,” Meghan told Winfrey, per the magazine.
“We’re not saying don’t make him a prince, but if you’re saying the title is what’s going to affect the protection, our son needs to be safe.”