Archie could choose whether he’ll be prince after turning 18, royal author claims

Archie could choose whether he’ll be prince after turning 18, royal author claims

 

Harry and Meghan’s son Archie could be allowed to wait until he is 18 before choosing if he wants to be a prince, a royal expert has claimed.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex could follow the example of the Earl and Countess of Wessex, royal biographer Robert Lacey has said.

It comes after reports that legal documents will be changed to ensure that Archie will not become a Prince – a title usually bestowed on grandchildren of the monarch.

Prince Charles is said to be worried that the public is getting less keen to fund the lifestyles of more royals, and has clashed with younger brother Andrew over plans to slim-down the monarchy.

The family received a £69.4 million public-funded Sovereign Grant in 2020, but this does not include additional costs such as security, which is funded by police.

Now, The Times reports that experts and Palace insiders claim that Prince Charles has no power now to stop Archie becoming a prince, or his sister Lilibet a princess.

The publication claims that he can only change the rules after he becomes King and it is thought unlikely that his first act on acceding to the throne would be to block his grandson from the title.

Mr Lacey, author of Battle of Brothers which analyses relations between Princes William and Harry, said: “It is clear to me that the Queen and her advisers have discussed this issue at the highest level, and that the future royal status of Archie and Lili is not in jeopardy in her lifetime.

“It is possible that Prince Charles may try to remove royal status from the Sussex children when he comes to the throne but that does not seem likely.

“His priority then will be to gain popular support for upgrading the status of Camilla from princess consort to queen consort, and he is not likely to court unpopularity by removing HRH status from Archie and Lili.”

The publication also claims that Archie’s parents could wait until he is 18 before letting him decide if wants to be a prince.

It comes after the Mail on Sunday reported how Harry and Meghan were told “Archie would never be a Prince, even when Charles became King,”

The newspaper said the decision has plunged relations between the Sussexes and the royals to a “dangerous new low”.

Sources close to Harry and Meghan – who last year quit as frontline royals after relocating to the US – have previously said they expected Archie to be named a Prince when Charles takes the throne.

They are said to have been shocked to learn that Harry’s father will go as far as changing the Letters Patent in order to deny Archie the title.

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