Prince Harry and Meghan’s children have officially assumed royal titles.
Lilibet and her older brother Archie were listed as prince and princess in the list of the royal family. website since early Thursday morning.
The change follows Lilibet’s christening last week in which Harry and the Duchess of Sussex referred to their daughter as «Princess Lilibet», indicating for the first time that their two children would be publicly known by their royal titles.
Princess Lilibet Diana was christened on Friday by the Rev. John Taylor of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, a spokesperson for Harry and Meghan confirmed on Wednesday.
The young princess will be 2 years old in June and Archie will be 4 this spring.
There was some speculation as to whether Prince Harry and Meghan would use royal titles for their children after stepping down as senior members of the royal family.
The decision meant that they would no longer use the titles «royal highness» and would stop receiving public funds.
During an interview with Oprah Winfrey in March 2021, a year after stepping down from her public roles, Meghan said there was some debate in the family about whether her son Archie would be called a prince. She indicated that her decision was made by the royal institution, not by her or her husband.
«They didn’t want me to be a prince or a princess… which would be different from protocol and that I wasn’t going to get security,» Meghan said. «It was really difficult… This continued through the last few months of our pregnancy… I was so scared that I would have to offer up our baby, knowing that they were not going to be safe.»
She told Winfrey at the time that her only thought was that her son, whatever his title, «needs to be safe.»
The children’s grandfather, King Carlos III, will be officially crowned to the throne in May. Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet Diana are sixth and seventh in line to the throne.
An official title change brings the family in line with the 1917 Letters Patent, established by King George V. The decree states that children born to the sovereign’s children should be referred to by prince and princess, according to Royal Centralan independent real news website.