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Archie and Lilibet have claimed prince and princess titles


LONDON — King Charles III may have expressed a desire to slim down the British monarchy, but two additional family members now use their royal titles: Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet.

Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, announced they would claim the titles for their children when they announced that Lilibet, who turns two in June, was christened in California last week.

A spokesman for the Sussexes said in an email Wednesday: “I can confirm that Princess Lilibet Diana was baptized on Friday, March 3 by the Archbishop of Los Angeles, Reverend John Taylor.”

It wasn’t clear if any family was in attendance from across the pond – perhaps a sign that a reconciliation is not yet underway in Harry and Meghan’s strained relationship with Britain’s royals.

Archie and Lilibet were too low in the line of succession when they were born to be prince and princess. But they gained the right to be styled that way — and use the title “HRH” for “his and her royal highness” — when their grandfather, Charles, became king in September.

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The rule dates back to King George V, who in 1917 – when he tried to reduce the size of the monarchy – limited titles to the sovereign’s children, children of the sovereign’s sons and the eldest son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales.

Queen Elizabeth II modified the rule to extend titles to all children of the Prince of Wales.

Charles has not yet tabled any of his own amendments. But in the six months he’s been on the throne, Archie and Lilibet have continued to be referred to as “master” and “miss” on the royal family’s website.

A source at Buckingham Palace said on Wednesday they would update the site with the titles for both Sussex children.

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