In the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Oprah interview, Meghan spoke about how she and Harry were part of conversations, during her pregnancy with Archie and after Archie was born, that their children would not have royal titles at birth, nor would the children have titles when Charles ascends to the throne. Meghan said, in part, “They didn’t want him to be a prince . . . which would be different from protocol, and that he wasn’t going to receive security.” Meghan also said, in a somewhat confusing way, that there were conversations about changing the Letters Patent, which was started by King George V, ensuring that all of the grandchildren of the monarch would be princes and princesses. She was torn to shreds in the British media for that claim, and every nitpicky royal historian came out of the woodwork to whitesplain the Letters Patent. Well, guess what? Prince Charles plans to alter the Letters Patent to ensure that his Sussex grandchildren will never be Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet.
Prince Charles is to ensure that his two-year-old grandson Archie will never be a Prince, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. The heir to the throne has made it clear that Harry and Meghan’s son will have no place among frontline Royals as he plans a slimmed-down Monarchy after he becomes King. The move has incensed the Sussexes and is thought to have prompted the series of bitter accusations the couple have levelled at Charles and the Royal Family from across the Atlantic.
A grandchild of the sovereign has long had the right to be a Prince, but Charles is determined to limit the number of key Royals, believing the public does not wish to pay for an ever-expanding Monarchy. Charles has told the Sussexes that he will change key legal documents to ensure that Archie cannot get the title he would once have inherited by right, according to a source close to the couple. The decision, which follows months of fraught discussion behind the scenes, has plunged relations between Harry and his relatives to a dangerous new low.
‘Harry and Meghan were told Archie would never be a Prince, even when Charles became King,’ confirmed the source.
The full details of Charles’s plan for a slimmed-down Monarchy have never been revealed, but it has been speculated that only heirs to the throne and their immediate families will receive full titles, financial support from the public purse through the Sovereign Grant and police protection funded by the taxpayer. Insiders suggest they hadn’t seen the move coming, and were shocked to find that Charles will take the active step of changing legal instruments known as the Letters Patent in order to exclude Archie and others.
The loss will be all the more galling as the Sussexes have made a point of refusing to use another, lesser title for their son, who is technically the Earl of Dumbarton. They took that decision safe in the knowledge that Archie would become a Prince in due course. Or so they thought.
Earlier this year, a source close to the Sussexes confirmed they did indeed expect Archie to be named a Prince when Charles, Archie’s grandfather, acceded to the throne. Their spokesman at the time was even instructed to remind journalists of that ‘fact’. The Sussexes finally learned that would not be the case just before sitting down with Oprah Winfrey for their first bombshell interview in March. Insiders suggest the issue was still raw at the time of the recording – which might help account for the devastating criticisms they unleashed on the show, including the damaging implication that an unnamed senior member of the Royal Family had referred to Archie in a racist way.
An insider said: ‘Charles has never made any secret of the fact that he wants a slimmed-down Monarchy when he becomes King. He realises that the public don’t want to pay for a huge Monarchy and, as he said, the balcony at Buckingham Palace would probably collapse.’
A Royal source said last night: ‘We are not going to speculate about the succession or comment on rumours coming out of America.’
Notice how the Mail accuses the Sussexes of only finding out about Charles’ decision before the Oprah interview, and then they basically say “the Sussexes were mad, that’s why they said all of that.” Meghan said that those conversations were happening while she was pregnant! H&M had some idea that Charles would do this as early as the spring of 2019. A source also tells the Daily Mail that “nobody realized from the interview” that Meghan was actually telling the truth and that “the real thing was that Charles was going to take active steps to strip Archie of his ultimate birthright.”
The whole “no one wants to pay for a huge monarchy” thing should actually happen. But it makes no sense when it’s about the Montecito royals, who support themselves financially and aren’t taking any money from the taxpayers for their upkeep. The only reason to take away Archie and Lilibet’s birthright is because of pettiness and racism.
(While I get the “it’s their birthright” conversation, I also hope that Harry and Meghan understand that their kids are so much better off in America as just regular untitled kids.)
How exactly can you REVEAL an exclusive that Meghan told the world 3 months ago? Just say she told the truth – the Firm didn’t want Harry’s kids to be HRHs.
— Royal Suitor / R.S. Locke (@royal_suitor) June 19, 2021
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