Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s children will not be called “His Royal Highness” or “Her Royal Highness,” according to reports.

King Charles III has agreed to bestow the titles of “Prince” and “Princess” on Archie, 3, and Lilibet, 1, but has refused to allow them to be known as HRH.

The exiled couple is apparently furious over the snub, according to the Sun.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were similarly stripped of the “HRH” after they moved to the US in 2020.

Here’s what you need to know about the title, and why it matters.

What does ‘HRH’ stand for and how are ‘HRH’ officials treated differently?

HRH stands for “His Royal Highness” or “Her Royal Highness.”

King George V declared in 1917 that both sons and daughters of the ruling monarch, as well as grandchildren from the sovereign’s male line, were entitled to be called HRH.

In this file photo taken on May 08, 2019 Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R), and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose for a photo with their newborn baby son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London.
Archie and Lilibet are not expected to receive HRH titles.
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Queen Elizabeth II changed the rule in 2012, declaring that all children of the Prince of Wales’ eldest son — Prince William — would be entitled to HRH titles. The change did not mention Charles’ younger children, leaving Prince Harry in a gray area. The Queen made her announcement before William and Kate Middleton had their first child, meaning that their daughter would be granted the title as well.

An “HRH” title gives access to a salary as a working royal, and entitles one to official protection and security.

It also means people are supposed to bow or curtsy when an HRH approaches.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle previously claimed the Royal Family was racist during a controversial interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle previously claimed the royal family was racist during a controversial interview with Oprah Winfrey.
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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex at Westminster Hall on September 14, 2022, in London, England.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle appear at Westminster Hall for Queen Elizabeth II’s procession on Sept. 14, 2022.
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Who currently holds an ‘HRH’ title in the United Kingdom?

The title is currently held by King Charles III; Queen Consort Camilla; Princess Anne; Prince Edward; Sophie, Countess of Wessex; Prince William; Princess Kate; their three children, Princes George and Louis and Princess Charlotte; and Prince Andrew’s daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.

Andrew was stripped of the HRH title for his close ties to convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein after the prince was accused of sex trafficking and sexual assault by Virginia Giuffre.

Both Princess Diana and Sarah, Duchess of York, were stripped of the titles when they divorced their respective husbands, Charles and Andrew.

King Charles III, Princess Anne (center) and Queen Consort Camilla all hold HRH titles.
(From left) King Charles III, Princess Anne and Queen Consort Camilla all hold HRH titles.
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have issued the first photograph of their daughter Lilibet on their festive card.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were reportedly livid that their children will not receive HRH titles.
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle currently reside in California.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle currently reside in California.
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Who is in line to receive the title?

Harry and Meghan believe their children have a right to the title, but it is becoming increasingly clear they likely won’t receive it.

In 2021, Meghan told Oprah Winfrey she learned while pregnant with her son that he wouldn’t get the HRH title, and said she was appalled by “the idea of the first member of color in this family not being titled in the same way that the other grandchildren [were].”

“All around this same time — we have in tandem the conversation of, ‘He won’t be given security, he’s not going to be given a title,’ and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born,” she said at the time.

King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla speaks to the Northern Ireland Assembly at Hillsborough Castle, Belfast on Sept. 13, 2022.
King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla speak to the Northern Ireland Assembly at Hillsborough Castle, Belfast, on Sept. 13, 2022.
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Prince William, Catherine and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave after escorting the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II to Westminster Hall from Buckingham Palace in London on Sept. 14, 2022.
Prince William, Catherine, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave after escorting the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II to Westminster Hall from Buckingham Palace in London on Sept. 14, 2022.
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Archie and Lilibet, currently called “Master” and “Miss,” are expected to take the “Prince” and “Princess” titles without the HRH.

King Charles III has said he won’t reveal the new titles for Archie and Lilibet during the mourning period for Queen Elizabeth II.

Should William and Kate have another child, that child will automatically be given an HRH title.



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