Prince Harry, Meghan Markle ‘furious’ kids won’t be HRH

The children of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will not receive the titles of His and Her Royal Highness – leaving the exiled couple once again “furious” with the Royal Family over the snub, according to a report.

Harry’s father, the new King Charles III, has agreed to bestow the titles of prince and princess on his California-based grandchildren, Archie, 3, and Lilibet, 1, soon, according to The Sun.

But after a week of tense negotiations, he refused to allow them to be known as HRH, titles that were stripped from their podcasting parents after they gave up family and the UK in 2020.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a service for the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Hall on Wednesday.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have had tense discussions with the monarchy over their children’s updated titles since the death of Queen Elizabeth II, a source has told The Sun.
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“That’s the deal – they can be prince and princess but not HRH because they don’t work in the royal family,” an insider told the British newspaper.

The decision follows “a lot of talk over the last week” since Harry’s father became king when his 96-year-old mother died last Thursday.

“They’ve been relentless since the Queen’s death,” the insider said of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, claiming they “insisted on Archie and Lilibet being Prince and Princess.”

“But they’re furious that Archie and Lilibet can’t take the HRH title,” the source insisted.

King Charles III follows the coffin of his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II, in a procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall on Wednesday.
Harry’s father, King Charles III, reportedly agreed to let his grandchildren Archie and Lilibet be prince and princess, but not His and Her Royal Highness.
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The controversy over Archie and Lilibet’s lack of titles was a key point of attack for Markle, who suggested to Oprah Winfrey that it could have been because of race.

She complained that “the idea of ​​the first colored member of this family not being titled the same as the other grandchildren” and being denied the required security concerned her.

When Oprah asked her if she thought it was “because of her race,” Markle seemed to agree.

“All around the same time – we have the conversation of ‘He won’t get security, he won’t get a title’ in tandem, and also worries and conversations about how dark his skin was when he was born, she had replied.

However, it soon became clear that a sovereign’s great-grandchildren do not obtain such titles under royal protocols.

Although that’s thought to change now given that Archie and Lilibet’s grandfather is king, Charles has also been a big push for a slimmed down monarchy.

So far, Archie and Lilibet are only called Master and Miss in the official order of succession, where they are 6th and 7th in line for the throne.

Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor earlier this year.
Archie and Lilibet (pictured) are still referred to as Master and Miss in line of succession.
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They are far from the only ones: 9 others in the top 23 also have only such titles.

Royal expert Phil Dampier told MailOnline that Harry and Meghan ‘should be happy’ with the ‘classic compromise’ on offer.

“Even if their children are still at the top of the line of succession, they won’t be working in the royal family, so it’s only natural that they shouldn’t have titles,” he said.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have released the first photo of their daughter Lilibet on their birthday card.
The children would not receive HRH titles because they are not working members of the royal family.
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“A lot of people think Harry and Meghan themselves should lose their titles, so I think they should just accept that trade-off and be grateful because it could be a lot worse for them and their children.”

A spokesperson for the king declined to comment, The Sun said. A representative for the Sussexes did not immediately respond to a request.

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