Princess Lili and Prince Archie?

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(Photo by Alexi Lubomirski/Handout/The Duke and Duchess of Sussex)

With the accession of King Charles III on 8 September 2022, the children of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are now entitled to be styled as HRH Prince(ss).

The 1917 Letters Patent state, “It is declared by the Letters Patent that the children of any Sovereign of the United Kingdom and the children of the sons of any such Sovereign and the eldest living son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales shall have and at all times hold and enjoy the style, title or attribute of Royal Highness with their titular dignity of Prince or Princess prefixed to their respective Christian names or with their other titles of honour.” This was amended in 2013 to include all the children of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales (namely The Duke of Cambridge’s children, George, Charlotte and Louis), mainly because if George had been born a girl, she would have been “Lady” rather than “Princess,” while changes to make the succession gender neutral were already underway.1

Now that Charles is King, Archie and Lili are “the children of the sons of any such Sovereign” and are thus entitled to HRH Prince(ss).

However, as the Duke and Duchess have already decided to forego the courtesy titles of Earl of Dumbarton for Archie and Lady for Lili, it seems unlikely that they will be using their newfound royal titles.

  1. London Gazette

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