Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have released a statement defending their children’s right to be called prince and princess.
They claim that King Charles settled the matter in a private conversation after the Queen’s funeral last year, but the children’s titles were not formally recognized until Lilibet’s christening was announced yesterday.
The couple’s frustration with Buckingham Palace’s delay in recognizing the titles has been reported, but sources close to the Sussexes indicate that there has been correspondence between them and royal aides on the matter.
Archie and Lilibet’s titles as prince and princess are their birthright, as established by King George V’s 1917 rules.
However, Archie was not given the title of prince at birth, as he was not a first-born son of a future king. Meghan has previously suggested that this was due to his race, but this is not the case.
Lilibet, on the other hand, was born after King Charles had acceded to the throne, which automatically made her a princess.
The couple’s statement confirms that Lilibet was christened by Bishop John Harvey Taylor of Los Angeles, who was previously chief of staff for former US president Richard Nixon.
The ceremony was held at the Sussexes’ home in California, and included 20 to 30 guests, including Lilibet’s godfather Tyler Perry. Charles, Camilla, William, and Kate were invited but did not attend.
While Lilibet now has an HRH style title, it will be held in abeyance for the time being. The couple has indicated that it will be up to their children to decide for themselves whether they want to use their titles when they are older.
Despite their repeated attacks on the monarchy and the Royal Family, there has been communication between the Sussexes and royal aides on this matter.
The christening in the US means that Lilibet will not be automatically considered a member of the Church of England, but she could join a congregation if she ever comes to Britain.
Although the christening was not held in a Church of England church, it was valid in the UK as the Episcopal Church is part of the Anglican Communion.
Bishop Taylor has devoted himself to promoting reconciliation and transparency and encourages empathy and curiosity as tools of evangelism. He is a father of four and a grandfather of two.