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The Sussexes

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s children referred to as Prince and Princess for first time

Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s children are to be known by the titles of Prince and Princess.

The confirmation appeared to come in a statement from Harry and Meghan on the christening of their younger child.

Announcing that their daughter had been baptised, a spokesperson for the couple said ‘”I can confirm that Princess Lilibet Diana was christened on Friday, March 3 by the Archbishop of Los Angeles, the Rev John Taylor.’

It is the first time that either Lilibet or her brother, Archie, have been referred to with a royal title since September 8th 2022 when their grandfather became King Charles III. Under terms of Letters Patent issued in 1917 by King George V, all grandchildren of a monarch in the male line are entitled to be known as Prince or Princess and become HRH.

There has been no official confirmation from Buckingham Palace as yet of the change in name, however, it is understood that preparations are underway to update the Royal Family’s website with details of the titles.

Until now, both children had been known by the names their parents announced they would have at birth – Archie Mountbatten-Windsor and Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor.

Immediately following the accession of King Charles III, changes were made to the official royal website to reflect the new titles of several members of the Royal Family including the Prince and Princess of Wales and their children. However, the names of the children of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex remained unchanged.

Lilibet Diana was christened on March 3rd 2023 at her parents’ home in Montecito.

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Lydia Starbuck is Jubilee and Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton who is a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. Her latest book, A History of British Royal Jubilees, is out now. Her new book, The Mysterious Death of Katherine Parr, will be published in March 2024. June is an award winning reporter, producer and editor. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.