Harry and Meghan’s kids Archie and Lillibet now prince and princess

Harry and Meghan’s kids Archie and Lillibet now prince and princess

King Charles vows “lifelong service” in first address


King Charles III vows “lifelong service” in first address

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London — Archie and Lillibet, the children of Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have become a prince and princess after the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. When they were born, the two children were too far down the line of succession to be given those titles under rules set out by King George V in 1917.

Archie was given the title Earl of Dumbarton when he was born. According to Buckingham Palace, Archie could have been called Lord, but his parents preferred that he be called Master Archie.

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and their baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor are seen during their royal tour of South Africa, September 25, 2019, in Cape Town.

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It is possible for King Charles III, the new monarch, to change the rules set by his predecessor to take the HRH (royal highness) — the prince and princess titles — away from his grandchildren, but veteran royal correspondent and CBS News contributor Roya Nikkhah said it was unlikely he would do so.

Other members of the royal family have also had their titles change after the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Charles, obviously, has become King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. He will be known as “His Majesty” instead of “His Royal Highness”. “

Britain's royal line of succession


Britain’s royal line of succession

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Camilla, King Charles’ wife, has become the queen consort. She will be called “Her Majesty” instead of “Her Royal Highness”. A queen consort is distinct from a queen regnant like Queen Elizabeth II who rules in her own right.

Prince William, formerly known as the Duke of Cambridge, has now become the Duke of Cornwall and Cambridge, inheriting the additional title from his father. He is entitled to millions of dollars per year as the Duke of Cornwall. This is the net surplus from his father’s Duchy of Cornwall landed property.

During King Charles’ first address to the nation, he said that he had passed the title of Prince of Wales — traditionally given to the heir to the throne — to William. This title transfer is not automatic.


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Kate, formerly the Duchess of Cambridge, is now the Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge, inheriting the title from Camilla. Kate, William becoming the Prince of Wales, will become the Princess of Wales. This title was last held by Princess Diana. Although Camilla was technically the Princess of Wales, she did not use the title due to its association with Princess Diana.

William and Kate’s children, George, Charlotte, and Louis, have become the Princes and Princess of Cornwall and Cambridge, like their parents. Their titles will change to “of Wales” when William becomes Prince of Wales.

Prince William and Kate's royal family


Prince William and Kate’s royal family

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Haley Ott

Haley Ott is a digital reporter/producer for CBS News based in London.

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