Princess Kate’s children have new titles, but Meghan’s remain “commoners.”

The Prince and Duke of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Windsor Castle. | AFP

George, Charlotte, and Louis will become known by the patronymic “of Wales,” but the children of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, entitled to be princes, will remain anonymous for now.

The death of Queen Elizabeth II and the accession of Charles III to the throne will not only change the landscape in Britain but also in the royal family: and just as Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton, became the Princes of Wales, the status of their three children will also be affected by changes. But this does not seem to be the case for the king’s other grandchildren, Harry and Meghan’s children.

Hitherto known as the Princes of Cambridge, George, Charles and Louis will now be known as Princes George of Wales, Charlotte of Wales, and Louis of Wales, as they are the children of the heirs to the throne.

Their parents are now Prince and Princess of Wales, Duke, and Duchess of Cambridge, Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, Earl of Chester, and Duke and Duchess of Rothesay, among other titles traditionally associated with heirs.

The eldest of his sons, George, 9, moved into second place in the succession to the throne, meaning he would be king of Great Britain after his grandfather and father if things proceeded normally.

A day after Elizabeth II’s death, her successor announced that her eldest son William would be the new Prince of Wales and added about his youngest son, “I also want to express my love for Henry and Meghan, who are building their lives abroad.”

In practice, there is expected to be no change in the status of Harry’s children – Archie (2018) and Lilibet (2021) – as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex prefer them to lead a life away from royalty. The two children, who live in the U.S., would continue to carry the Mountbatten-Windsor family name.

But the House of Windsor rules allow them to be titled from now on “Prince Archie of Sussex” and “Princess Lilibet of Sussex,” as they are grandchildren of the new monarch. In addition, the rules established by King George V in 1917 allowed them to use the title of Royal Highness.

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The monarch, the founder of the House of Windsor, established that “the children of any Sovereign of these Realms and the children of the children of the children of such Sovereign and the eldest living son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales shall have and at all times have 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 honor.”

During Harry and Meghan’s explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2021, the Duchess of Sussex described her “pain” as she recalled officials allegedly denying her son the title of prince because of his race.

When asked if it was “important” to her that Archie be called a prince, she said she has no attachment to the “grandeur” of official titles. She said she was pained by “the idea that the first member of color in this family would not have the same title as other grandchildren.”

In 2021, it was suggested that Charles, in an attempt to limit the number of key royals, intended, when he became monarch, to prevent Harry and Meghan’s children from becoming princes of Sussex.

To do so, the new monarch would have to issue a Letter Patent, a royal decree, modifying Archie and Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor’s right to be titled princes of the United Kingdom. But until that happens, the new king’s grandchildren remain prince and princess, regardless of whether their parents choose to use the titles.

Meanwhile, the “commoner” grandchildren of Charles III saw their status within the monarchy change because although they do not live in the United Kingdom, they have a place in the succession to the throne: Archie, from now on, occupies the sixth place in the line of succession, and Lilibet the seventh place.

The British hope that the death of Queen Elizabeth II will help to initiate a reconciliation of Prince Harry and Meghan with the rest of the royal family after an alleged estrangement and their move to live in the United States.

The couple emerged with William and Kate from Windsor Castle, in what was the first public appearance of the four together since 2020, to greet the citizens who gathered at Windsor to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth.

Dressed in black, they looked together at the floral offerings left by the public before greeting people, giving no sign of the state of relations between the two couples. But the decision of the four to appear together in front of the cameras seemed to be a sign of progress in mending the broken ties.

According to the British press, the Prince of Wales invited his younger brother and sister-in-law to take this walk to show their unity at their father’s request, but reconciliation will not be easy.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex caused “a lot of damage to the royal family in recent months,” according to specialist Richard Fitzwilliams. “Going forward, the ball is in their court, and it depends on how they want to play,” he abounded.

Although Harry told Oprah Winfrey that his brother and father were “trapped” in the monarchy, Charles III seemed open to reconciling with his son in his first speech as king by expressing “love” for him and Meghan.

The new king “is offering an olive branch, but he is offering it with great care because he knows they are unpredictable,” Fitzwilliams argued.