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Kate Middleton will be known as the Princess of Wales, King Charles III confirmed tonight.

Kate, formerly known as the Duchess of Cambridge, will now hold the titles of the Duchess of Cornwall and the Princess of Wales – the first member of the Royal Family to hold the title since Princess Diana.

However a source said the new Princess of Wales ‘appreciates the history associated with this role but will understandably want to look to the future as she creates her own path’.

In his first televised address to the nation since the death of the Queen yesterday, King Charles III confirmed his son Prince William would inherit his title of the Prince of Wales and his wife Kate would become Princess.

The King said: ‘Today, I am proud to create [William] Prince of Wales, Tywysog Cymru, the country whose title I have been so greatly privileged to bear during so much of my life and duty.

The Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge, now the Princess of Wales is seen in Windsor looking sombre after the death of Queen Elizabeth

While Kate will assume the title of Princess of Wales, Prince William will take the title of Prince of Wales from his father, who has acceded the throne as King Charles III

While Kate will assume the title of Princess of Wales, Prince William will take the title of Prince of Wales from his father, who has acceded the throne as King Charles III

Kate, dressed in black and wearing sunglasses, will be heartbroken that Her Majesty has passed away

Kate, dressed in black and wearing sunglasses, will be heartbroken that Her Majesty has passed away

‘With Catherine beside him, our new Prince and Princess of Wales will, I know, continue to inspire and lead our national conversations, helping to bring the marginal to the centre ground where vital help can be given.’

Since the 14th century the title of the Princess of Wales has been used by the wives of the Princes of Wales. However, it is a courtesy title.

A royal source told MailOnline: ‘The couple are focussed on deepening the trust and respect of the people of Wales over time.

‘The Prince and Princess of Wales will approach their roles in the modest and humble way they’ve approached their work previously.

‘The new Princess of Wales appreciates the history associated with this role but will understandably want to look to the future as she creates her own path.’

Technically, Charles’s wife, Camilla Parker-Bowles, has been the Princess of Wales until now, but she has used the feminine equivalent of Charles’s Duke of Cornwall title, the Duchess of Cornwall.

The Duchess of Cornwall is thought to not use the Princess of Wales title out of respect for Charles’s ex-wife Princess Diana, who died in Paris in August 1997.

Among the younger royals, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s infant children will become Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet.

In his speech, the new King paid tribute to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex saying he wanted to ‘express my love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives overseas.’

As the King continued his address, he paid tribute to his ‘darling wife’, the former Duchess of Cornwall and now Queen Consort Camilla, for her support.

In a touching tribute to his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II, the King said: ‘As you begin your last great journey to join my dear late Papa, I want simply to say this: thank you. Thank you for your love and devotion to our family and to the family of nations you have served so diligently all these years.’

Queen Elizabeth II is shown around 'Back to Nature' by the designer Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2019

Queen Elizabeth II is shown around ‘Back to Nature’ by the designer Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2019

King Charles III, left, and Camilla, the Queen Consort, look at floral tributes left outside Buckingham Palace

King Charles III, left, and Camilla, the Queen Consort, look at floral tributes left outside Buckingham Palace

Prince Harry returns to Windsor after the death of his grandmother the Queen to be with his wife Meghan

Prince Harry returns to Windsor after the death of his grandmother the Queen to be with his wife Meghan

Prince William drove Prince Andrew, Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Prince Edward into Balmoral around an hour before the death was announced

Prince William drove Prince Andrew, Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Prince Edward into Balmoral around an hour before the death was announced

Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis (C), accompanied by their parents , arrive at Lambrook School, near Ascot, before the Queen fell ill

Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis (C), accompanied by their parents , arrive at Lambrook School, near Ascot, before the Queen fell ill

A grieving Kate Middleton wore sunglasses today as she was seen for the first time since the death of the Queen.

Kate, who was demure in black, was spotted driving to pick up her three children from school after their first week at Lambrook near Ascot this afternoon.

The death of their great-grandmother the Queen will be a heavy blow to Prince George, nine, Princess Charlotte, seven, and four-year-old Prince Louis, as they and their parents begin a new life at Adelaide Cottage in the grounds of Windsor Castle – where Her Majesty spent most of the year.

On Tuesday ‘the gang’, as they call themselves, chased up the steps of their new prep, prompting beams of delight from William and Kate who held their hands when they arrived. Within 48 hours the country was in mourning – but the Duchess decided to stay in Windsor to support the children at school as William flew to Aberdeenshire on a RAF jet.

Prince William, now heir to the throne, has returned home from Balmoral to be with his family after rushing to Scotland to see his grandmother before she died.  He will attend the Accession Council in London tomorrow, where his father Charles III will be officially proclaimed King.

His younger brother Harry also raced to Scotland – alone – but Her Majesty’s death was announced while he was on approach to Aberdeen in a private jet. He spent 12 hours at Balmoral before returning to Windsor to be with Meghan.

It has been claimed the Sussexes will stay in Britain for another 10 days until the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.

The Duke of Sussex had grief etched on his face as he was swept into the grounds of Windsor Castle this afternoon after losing a race against time to get to his grandmother’s bedside before she died yesterday.

King Charles III went to Buckingham Palace to meet fellow mourners this afternoon where he shook hands and accepted their condolences to cries of ‘God save the King’ and impromptu renditions of the national anthem. One woman kissed him on the cheek. He also inspected flowers and tributes left for his late mother at the gates before entering the palace.

Harry landed at Heathrow this lunchtime after jumping on an early morning BA flight where he comforted an airport worker with a reassuring hand on her shoulder after she gave him her condolences.

He left Balmoral after 12 hours mourning his grandmother with his father and brother – but despite the brevity of the visit, the Sussexes are not expected to return to California until after the state funeral, currently expected to be ten days from now on Monday, September 19.

The Duke of Sussex was the last royal to arrive at the Aberdeenshire castle last night and the first to leave this morning.

Today the world mourned the death of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch as her son acceded to the throne. The Queen’s coffin – draped in the Royal Standard with a wreath of her favourite flowers on top – is believed to be at rest in the ballroom of Balmoral, where she spent every summer with her beloved Prince Philip.

A well-wisher kisses the hand of Britain's King Charles III as he walks outside at Buckingham Palace this afternoon

A well-wisher kisses the hand of Britain’s King Charles III as he walks outside at Buckingham Palace this afternoon

King Charles III leaves Aberdeen Airport as he travels to London following Thursday's death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II

King Charles III leaves Aberdeen Airport as he travels to London following Thursday’s death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth's 70-year reign is unlikely to ever be surpassed by another king or queen of England

Queen Elizabeth’s 70-year reign is unlikely to ever be surpassed by another king or queen of England

A police officer appears overwhelmed as flowers and tributes grow outside Buckingham Palace today

A police officer appears overwhelmed as flowers and tributes grow outside Buckingham Palace today

Flight data shows the Duke of Sussex 's jet was still in the air at the time, not touching down at the airport until nearly 15 minutes later

Flight data shows the Duke of Sussex ‘s jet was still in the air at the time, not touching down at the airport until nearly 15 minutes later

On Thursday evening a Buckingham Palace spokesman said: ‘The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow’.

The Queen’s death will see Britain and her Commonwealth realms enter into a ten-day period of mourning as millions of her subjects in the UK and abroad come to terms with her passing.

The death of Queen Elizabeth: A timeline of how Thursday’s sad news was announced

12.35pm: A statement is released by Buckingham Palace, announcing that the Queen is under medical supervision at Balmoral after doctors became ‘concerned for her health’. A Palace spokesperson said: ‘Following further evaluation this morning, the Queen’s doctors are concerned for Her Majesty’s health and have recommended she remain under medical supervision. The Queen remains comfortable and at Balmoral.’

12.47pm: A statement is released by Clarence House, confirming that Prince Charles and his wife Camilla would travel to Balmoral. It said: ‘The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have travelled to Balmoral’.

12.48pm: A minute later, Kensington Palace announces that Price William will be travelling to Balmoral. The statement read: ‘The Duke of Cambridge is also travelling to Balmoral.’

1.37pm: It is reported that Prince Andrew has travelled to Balmoral Castle in Scotland following news that doctors were concerned for The Queen’s health.

1.38pm: Sources confirm to the Press Association (PA) that The Princess Royal is at Balmoral, and the Duke of York and the Earl and Countess of Wessex are on their way to the Queen’s Scottish home.

1.55pm: A spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex confirms that the couple will be ‘travelling to Scotland’. While the initial statement mentioned ‘Scotland’, it did not make directly make mention of Balmoral.  The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were due to attend the WellChild Awards ceremony in London on Thursday evening, but changed their plans to travel to see the Queen.

4.14pm: A news alert by the Press Association (PA) said that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were believed to be travelling to Balmoral ‘separately’ from other royals.

4.39pm: Less than 30 minutes later, PA issue another news alert, quoting an unnamed source, saying that that the Duchess of Sussex would not travel to Balmoral with the Duke of Sussex. The source said that Prince Harry would be making the trip by himself. A source said the Duchess could potentially join Harry in Scotland at a later date, following what PA described as a ‘change of plan’.

4.44pm: Minutes later, Omid Scobie, a journalist considered to be ‘friendly’ towards the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and who often quotes unnamed sources close to the couple, writes a post on social media network, Twitter about the situation. He write: A source has shared an update stating that only Prince Harry has made the trip up to Balmoral. Like the Duchess of Cambridge (who is in Windsor with their three children), the Duchess of Sussex is staying back in England (but still not attending tonight’s WellChild Awards).’ The post mentions Kate, who earlier in the day it was revealed would not travel to Balmoral.

6.30pm: The Royal Family announces via social media site Twitter that Queen has died ‘peacefully’ at Balmoral at the age of 96.

8pm: Prince Harry arrives at Balmoral following the public announcement

And as her son accedes to the throne, there will also be a celebration of her historic 70-year reign that saw her reach her Platinum Jubilee this year – a landmark unlikely to be reached again by a British monarch.

Charles, the King, said: ‘The death of my beloved mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family.

‘We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished sovereign and a much-loved mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.

‘During this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which the Queen was so widely held.’

The Queen’s coffin will be moved to London on the royal train via Edinburgh before she lies in state in Westminster Hall in the Houses of Parliament for four days. Hundreds of thousands of people will be able to pay their respects.

The state funeral is expected take place at Westminster Abbey in central London on Monday, September 19, which will be attended by her bereft family as well as 2,000 heads of state, prime ministers and presidents, European royals and key figures from public life around the globe.

Flags will fly at half mast on UK Government buildings in tribute to the Queen from now until the morning after her funeral.

Guidance was issued by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) on the flying of official flags.

All such flags, which include Union Flags and any national flag, are to be ‘half masted on all UK government buildings as soon as possible today until 0800 the day following the Queen’s state funeral’, the department said.

It advises that any non-official flags, which include for example the rainbow flag or Armed Forces flag, should be taken down and replaced with a Union Flag flying at half mast.

The Union flag on Buckingham Palace was at half mast on Thursday while a framed plaque announcing the Queen’s death was placed on the front gates by royal household staff.

Similarly, flags at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh were lowered to half mast, along with those at the Scottish Parliament and at Scottish Government buildings.

Half mast means that flags are flown a third of the way down the flagpole, with at least the height of the flag between the top of the flag and the top of the pole.

The Royal Standard is never flown at half mast, even after the Queen’s death, as there is always a monarch on the throne – with the role passing to her son the King.

Liz Truss stepped out of No 10 and to the podium on Downing Street at 7.07pm, dressed in black, to address the nation following the Queen’s death.

Ms Truss was appointed as Prime Minister by the Queen at Balmoral only two days ago.

Liz Truss hailed the Queen, who appointed her as the 15th Prime Minister of her reign on Tuesday, said: ‘Queen Elizabeth II was the rock on which modern Britain was built. Our country has grown and flourished under her reign. Britain is the great country it is today because of her.’

The Queen posed for a photograph in the drawing room at Balmoral shortly before her meeting with Ms Truss, whom she appointed as her Prime Minister this week

The Queen posed for a photograph in the drawing room at Balmoral shortly before her meeting with Ms Truss, whom she appointed as her Prime Minister this week

A photo of the Queen dated 1961. Today she was described by the Prime Minister as 'the rock on which modern Britain was built'

A photo of the Queen dated 1961. Today she was described by the Prime Minister as ‘the rock on which modern Britain was built’

Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh in an official wedding photograph taken on their wedding day in 1947

Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh in an official wedding photograph taken on their wedding day in 1947

Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip with their two children Prince Charles and Princess Anne in 1951

Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip with their two children Prince Charles and Princess Anne in 1951

The Queen posing with her son Charles and grandson William in a photo showing the generations of the royal family

The Queen posing with her son Charles and grandson William in a photo showing the generations of the royal family

The Queen with Prince Edward pictured in 1995 during a visit to the Royal Windsor Horse Show

The Queen with Prince Edward pictured in 1995 during a visit to the Royal Windsor Horse Show

Queen Elizabeth II and her husband the Duke of Edinburgh walk at Broadlands in this picture released on November 18, 2007

Queen Elizabeth II and her husband the Duke of Edinburgh walk at Broadlands in this picture released on November 18, 2007

The Queen and Prince Philip wave as they leave Westminster Abbey after Prince William and Kate's wedding in April 2011

The Queen and Prince Philip wave as they leave Westminster Abbey after Prince William and Kate’s wedding in April 2011

April 17, 2021: Queen Elizabeth II during the funeral of her husband the Duke of Edinburgh at St George's Chapel in Windsor

April 17, 2021: Queen Elizabeth II during the funeral of her husband the Duke of Edinburgh at St George’s Chapel in Windsor

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer described the Queen as a ‘remarkable sovereign’, adding: ‘It is a deep, private loss for the royal family and all our thoughts are with them at this time. The nation shares in their grief.

‘We will always treasure Queen Elizabeth II’s life of service and devotion to our nation and the Commonwealth; our longest-serving and greatest monarch.

‘Above the clashes of politics, she stood not for what the nation fought over, but what it agreed upon. As Britain changed rapidly around her, this dedication became the still point of our turning world.

‘So as our great Elizabethan era comes to an end, we will honour the late Queen’s memory by keeping alive the values of public service she embodied.

‘For 70 years, Queen Elizabeth II stood as the head of our country. But, in spirit, she stood amongst us.’

US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden said the Queen was ‘more than a monarch’ and that she ‘defined an era’. A White House statement said: ‘In a world of constant change, she was a steadying presence and a source of comfort and pride for generations of Britons, including many who have never known their country without her. She, in turn, dedicated her whole life to their service’.

The Queen’s passing came more than a year after that of her beloved husband Philip, her ‘strength and guide’, who died aged 99 in April 2021.

Since his funeral, where she poignantly sat alone because of lockdown restrictions, her own health faltered, and she was forced to miss an increasing number of events mainly due to ‘mobility problems’ and tiredness.

Through such longevity Elizabeth inevitably experienced personal lows as well as great national highs, but won deeper admiration for the stoicism she showed in the face of adversity and her ability to remain untainted by scandals that occasionally engulfed her family.

She famously declared 1992 her ‘annus horribilis’, after it saw a devastating fire gut Windsor Castle and the marriages of her children Anne, Charles and Andrew all falter.

Five years later she steered the Crown through its gravest crisis since the abdication of her uncle, Edward VIII, when Princess Diana was killed in a Paris car crash.

And in the last years of her life she faced her grandson Harry exiting royal life and entering into a war of words with ‘The Firm’ after moving to California with wife Meghan rather than continue living in Frogmore Cottage in Windsor.

The Queen and Prince Charles during the state opening of Parliament at the Palace of Westminster in 2019

The Queen and Prince Charles during the state opening of Parliament at the Palace of Westminster in 2019

The Queen welcomes Liz Truss during an audience where she invited the newly elected leader of the Conservative party to become Prime Minister and form a new government on Tuesday. It would be the final photo of the monarch, who did her duty to the end

The Queen welcomes Liz Truss during an audience where she invited the newly elected leader of the Conservative party to become Prime Minister and form a new government on Tuesday. It would be the final photo of the monarch, who did her duty to the end

The official announcement of the death of the Queen placed on the gates of Buckingham Palace

The official announcement of the death of the Queen placed on the gates of Buckingham Palace

King Charles III released this poignant statement reacting to the death of his 'beloved mother' as he took the throne today

King Charles III released this poignant statement reacting to the death of his ‘beloved mother’ as he took the throne today

A statement about the Queen's health is exceptionally rare and raises major concerns. She died hours later

A statement about the Queen’s health is exceptionally rare and raises major concerns. She died hours later

Thousands of mourners have gathered outside Buckingham Palace evening to pay respect to The Queen, following her death at the age of 96

Thousands of mourners have gathered outside Buckingham Palace evening to pay respect to The Queen, following her death at the age of 96

Prince William, 40, is now heir to the throne of the United Kingdom after Prince Charles’s accession and is expected to become the new Prince of Wales, with his wife Kate Middleton taking on the new title of the Princess of Wales.

William is the oldest royal among the top eight in line, and is followed by his three children Prince George, nine, Princess Charlotte, seven, and Prince Louis, four.

Following the Cambridges are Prince Harry, his children Archie and Lilibet, and then Prince Andrew and his two daughters Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie of York.

William has become a hugely popular member of the Royal Family in recent years, with his wedding to Kate in April 2011 watched by an estimated two billion people.

How the Queen’s passing affects royal titles: Archie and Lilibet will FINALLY become prince and princess… while Kate is now a step closer to becoming the Princess of Wales

The Queen’s death is set to trigger a series of changes to the titles of senior royals – including for both the Cambridges and the Sussexes.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, is now technically a prince following the death of the Queen – a title which Meghan controversially claimed was previously denied to him because of his race.

His younger sister, Lilibet ‘Lili’ Mountbatten-Windsor, is also entitled to be a princess following the death of the Queen and with her grandfather, the Prince of Wales, becoming King.

The rules set out by King George V in 1917 mean Archie and Lili – as the children of a son of a sovereign – also now have an HRH style if they choose to use it.

Meanwhile, the Cambridges are set to see big changes. As Charles’s eldest son, Prince William has inherited the title the Duke of Cornwall.

William and Kate have already changed their name to include Cornwall, a title they have automatically inherited as a result of Prince Charles becoming king. They are now the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor is now technically a prince due to rules set out by King George V in 1917. The family are pictured for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's Christmas card in 2021

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor is now technically a prince due to rules set out by King George V in 1917. The family are pictured for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Christmas card in 2021

When William becomes the Prince of Wales Kate will become the Princess of Wales (pictured on June 23) – last used by William’s mother, Diana, when she was married to Charles

When William becomes the Prince of Wales Kate will become the Princess of Wales (pictured on June 23) – last used by William’s mother, Diana, when she was married to Charles

William and Kate’s children have become Prince George of Cornwall and Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cornwall and Cambridge, and Prince Louis of Cornwall and Cambridge (pictured together on September 7). They will eventually become ‘of Wales’ when William is the Prince of Wales

William and Kate’s children have become Prince George of Cornwall and Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cornwall and Cambridge, and Prince Louis of Cornwall and Cambridge (pictured together on September 7). They will eventually become ‘of Wales’ when William is the Prince of Wales

But that could soon change. Prince William could be gifted the title of Prince of Wales from his father. The Queen granted King Charles the title in 1958.

If William is gifted the Prince of Wales title, Kate will become the Princess of Wales. The title was last used by William’s mother, Diana, when she was married to Charles.

Camilla was also technically the Princess of Wales but never used the title because of its association with Diana.

Kate will also hold the title the Countess of Chester, if William becomes the Earl of Chester. She is also now the Duchess of Rothesay in Scotland – previously Camilla’s title.

William and Kate’s children have become Prince George of Cornwall and Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cornwall and Cambridge, and Prince Louis of Cornwall and Cambridge. They will eventually become ‘of Wales’ when William is the Prince of Wales.

Similarly, Harry and Meghan’s children will now, for the first time, become Prince and Princess.

During the couple’s explosive Oprah Winfrey interview, Meghan Markle described her ‘pain’ as she claimed officials had denied Archie the title of prince and accused Buckingham Palace of failing to protect him by denying him 24/7 security.

When asked if it was ‘important’ for Meghan that Archie be called a prince, she said she doesn’t have any attachment to the ‘grandeur’ of official titles.

But she said it was about ‘the idea of our son not being safe, and also the idea of the first member of colour in this family not being titled in the same way that other grandchildren would be.’

In 2021, it was suggested Charles – in a bid to limit the number of key royals – intended, when he became monarch, to prevent Archie becoming a prince.

To do so, he will have to issue a Letters Patent amending Archie’s right to be a prince and Lili’s right to be a princess.

Until that potentially happens or if it does not, Archie and Lili remain a prince and princess, whether their parents choose to use the titles or not.

Meghan argued in the Sussexes’ bombshell interview with US talk show host Oprah Winfrey that Archie was not given the title of prince because of his race.

When Archie was born he was too far down the line of succession for such a title according to George V’s restrictions, but now, as the son of a son of a sovereign, he can be an HRH and a prince

When Archie was born he was too far down the line of succession for such a title according to George V’s restrictions, but now, as the son of a son of a sovereign, he can be an HRH and a prince

During the explosive Oprah Winfrey interview, Meghan Markle described her 'pain' that officials had denied Archie the title of prince and accused Buckingham Palace of failing to protect him by denying him 24/7 security

During the explosive Oprah Winfrey interview, Meghan Markle described her ‘pain’ that officials had denied Archie the title of prince and accused Buckingham Palace of failing to protect him by denying him 24/7 security

However, when Archie was born seventh in line to the throne in May 2019, he was too far down the line of succession.

What is the George V convention?

In 1917, the Queen’s grandfather issued new letters patent that limited the number of royal family members with an HRH title.

These stated that ‘the children of any Sovereign of these Realms and the children of the sons of any such Sovereign and the eldest living son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales shall have and at all times hold and enjoy the style, title or attribute of Royal Highness with their titular dignity of Prince or Princess prefixed to their respective Christian names or with their other titles of honour’.

In 1917, the Queen’s grandfather issued new letters patent that limited the number of royal family members with an HRH title

This means that when Prince Charles became King, his grandchildren – including Archie – automatically became princes or princesses.

It was also decreed that  ‘grandchildren of the sons of any such Sovereign in the direct male line … shall have and enjoy in all occasions the style and title enjoyed by the children of Dukes of these Our Realms’ (i.e., Lord or Lady before their Christian name).’

In addition the letters stated ‘save as aforesaid the style title or attribute of Royal Highness, Highness or Serene Highness and the titular dignity of Prince or Princess shall not henceforth be assumed or borne by any descendant of any Sovereign of these Realms.

Although he was a great-grandchild of the monarch, he was not a first-born son of a future king, so was not automatically a prince.

He could have previously used the courtesy title Earl of Dumbarton, or been Lord Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.

But Buckingham Palace said the duke and duchess made a personal decision that he should be plain Master Archie Mountbatten-Windsor instead.

A royal source said following Archie’s arrival that the couple had chosen not to give him a courtesy title ‘at this time’.

Meghan told Oprah that, when she was pregnant with Archie, an unnamed member of the royal family had raised ‘concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born’.

The Sussexes stopped using their own HRH styles after stepping down as senior working royals for a life in Los Angeles, and there were later calls for their duke and duchess titles to be removed.

If Harry and Meghan decide that Archie and Lili will be known as a prince and a princess, this will stand in direct contrast to how Harry has always spoken about the burden of having a title.

He repeatedly stressed the importance of wanting to be seen as normal and confessed in 2017 that he once ‘wanted out’ of the royal family – a wish that became a reality in 2020.

The former soldier said the time he spent in the Army, when he was ‘just Harry’, was ‘the best escape I’ve ever had’ and he had considered giving up his title.

Royal author Penny Junor said: ‘He would have dearly liked to have been a normal boy growing up, and found his title very difficult.’

The duke is close to his cousins, Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips, and may have taken their experiences on board.

Junor added: ‘He looked at Zara and Peter and it was so much easier for them than for him.

‘He was constantly the centre of attention. His friends were targeted whenever he did anything wrong or misbehaved in any way.

‘We knew nothing about Zara or Peter when they were growing up because they were ordinary children going to ordinary schools and were not being treated in any special way.’

Zara, who grew up as Miss Zara Phillips, was not entitled to be an HRH because she was born in the female line as the offspring of the daughter of a sovereign.

She has spoken of how not having a title was a blessing.

‘I’ve been very lucky. My parents didn’t give us titles, so we’ve been able to have a slightly more normal upbringing. As soon as you’ve got a title, it’s very difficult to shed it,’ she said.

Affectionately called 'Granny' and 'Gan-Gan', the monarch enjoyed a close bond with the younger generation of royals. Pictured this snap, taken at Balmoral Castle in 2018 by the Duchess of Cambridge, shows the Queen and the late Duke of Edinburgh sitting alongside seven of their great-grandchildren left-right: Prince George, Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte, Savannah Phillips (behind), Isla Phillips holding Lena Tindall and Mia Tindall

Affectionately called ‘Granny’ and ‘Gan-Gan’, the monarch enjoyed a close bond with the younger generation of royals. Pictured this snap, taken at Balmoral Castle in 2018 by the Duchess of Cambridge, shows the Queen and the late Duke of Edinburgh sitting alongside seven of their great-grandchildren left-right: Prince George, Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte, Savannah Phillips (behind), Isla Phillips holding Lena Tindall and Mia Tindall

The Queen, pictured earlier this week meeting Liz Truss at Balmoral, died yesterday afternoon at the age of 96

The Queen, pictured earlier this week meeting Liz Truss at Balmoral, died yesterday afternoon at the age of 96

The Earl and Countess of Wessex’s daughter, Lady Louise Windsor, and son, Viscount Severn, as the children of the son of a monarch, were allowed to be known as princess and prince.

But Edward and Sophie, with the Queen’s permission, decided to use the courtesy titles of an earl instead.

Meghan said she and Harry wanted Archie to be a prince so he would have security and be protected.

But being a prince or princess does not automatically mean royals have police bodyguards paid for by the taxpayer, and the Sussexes have chosen to live in the US.

Archie is technically history’s first Prince of Sussex and Lili the first Princess of Sussex.

The previous 19th century Duke of Sussex – an eccentric son of King George III – had both his marriages deemed illegal.

Charles, who was the Prince of Wales, is now King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Camilla is, as the wife of the King, the Queen (pictured together attending Thanksgiving on June 3)

Charles, who was the Prince of Wales, is now King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Camilla is, as the wife of the King, the Queen (pictured together attending Thanksgiving on June 3)

The Queen and her grandson Prince William watch the annual Braemar Gathering in Scotland in September 2005

The Queen and her grandson Prince William watch the annual Braemar Gathering in Scotland in September 2005

Prince George looking at his great grandmother Queen Elizabeth II from the balcony of Buckingham Palace at the end of the Platinum Pageant in London

Prince George looking at his great grandmother Queen Elizabeth II from the balcony of Buckingham Palace at the end of the Platinum Pageant in London

Charlotte joined her parents and the Queen on a number of royal occasions during the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, including Trooping the Colour (pictured)

Charlotte joined her parents and the Queen on a number of royal occasions during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, including Trooping the Colour (pictured)

His mistress, Lady Augusta Murray, was not the Duchess of Sussex and his illegitimate son was plain Master Augustus Frederick d’Este.

Lady Augusta did, however, continually refer to herself as a duchess and a princess, and staff called her son Prince Augustus and her daughter Princess Augusta. Eventually Archie will be entitled to succeed Harry as the Duke of Sussex.

Meanwhile, Charles, who was the Prince of Wales, is now King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. He is also King of Commonwealth realms.

His style is His Majesty rather than His Royal Highness. Charles is also Defender of the Faith and Supreme Governor of the Church of England. He is now the Duke of Lancaster.

Camilla is, as the wife of the King, the Queen. Her style is Her Majesty rather than Her Royal Highness. She is a Queen Consort, as was the Queen Mother, rather than a Queen Regnant who rules in her own right, such as Elizabeth II.

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