It has been confirmed that Archie and Lilibet, the children of Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, have received the royal titles of Prince and Princess.
As of Thursday morning, the Royal family has updated their website to reflect the changes, styling the grandchildren of King Charles as Prince Archie Harrison and Princess Lilibet Diana. The children were formerly styled as “Master Archie Mountbatten-Windsor” and “Miss Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor.”
Their titles are now in line with the precedent established by King George V, Queen Elizabeth II’s father, after he issued a Letters Patent in 1917, which gave the title of prince or princess on male line grandchildren of the sovereign. Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet are now numbers six and seven in the line of succession for the Royal Family.
The news came at the christening of Princess Lilibet, where her parents referred to her as “princess” for the first time and revealed that both of their children will use their royal titles. Lilibet was christened by the Archbishop of Los Angeles under what might be considered unusual circumstances, according to precedent established by the Church of England. In their FAQ, the Church states that they only permit christening outside of a parish church in “very exceptional circumstances” and they typically take place during “the Sunday service of a church, so that the whole congregation can offer a warm welcome to you and your family.”
In their docuseries that debuted earlier this year, Meghan and Harry revealed that close friend Tyler Perry would serve as Lilibet’s godfather. It is unknown who her godmother is.