Why Harry and Meghan's kids won't be princes or princesses

Sarah Carty
Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

They may be two of the most prestigious members of the royal family, but Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s future children won’t be entitled to a prince or princess title.

Now that the loved-up royals have married, speculation is turning to when the duo will become a trio – particularly since they’ve made no secret of their plans to start a family sooner rather than later.

But unless an exception is made by the Queen herself, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s future children won’t be known as ‘His/Her Royal Highness’ or ‘prince’ and ‘princess’ like Harry.

What title will Harry and Meghan’s future children have? Photo: Getty

Prince and princess and HRH statuses are only reserved for children or grandchildren of the Monarch.

Prince George, the great grandson of the Monarch, was the exception as his father, Prince William is in line to be king.

The Queen actually issued a new Letters Patent when Princess Charlotte was born to give her the same title as her brother.

If she didn’t, the now Princess Charlotte would have been known as Lady Charlotte Mountbatten-Windsor.

However, with Kate and Wills welcoming their third child in April, Prince Harry has been pushed down to sixth in the line of succession, meaning it’s highly unlikely his future child will be king or queen one day.

Prince George’s was the exception as his father, Prince William is in line to be king. The Queen actually issued a new Letters Patent when Princess Charlotte was born to give her the same title as her brother. Photo: Getty Images

It also means that should Prince Charles take over from his mother, Queen Elizabeth, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s future kids could eventually become a prince or princess, as their grandfather would be king.

So, what will their royal titles be? Well, as the Queen has bestowed Harry with a Dukedom, he and Meghan are now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, meaning their children will likely be given ‘lord’ or ‘lady’ titles.

Prince Edward and his wife, Sophie Countess of Wessex’s children are entitled to prince and princess titles because they are the Queen’s grandchildren, however they decided to shun tradition.

Prince Edward and his wife, Sophie Countess of Wessex’s children are entitled to prince and princess titles because their father is the son of the Queen, however they decided to shun tradition. Photo: Getty Images

When their daughter, Lady Louise Windsor was born, she was eighth in line to the throne, but her parents decided to give her a lady title instead of princess.

Likewise, their son James was named James Alexander Philip Theo and is known as Viscount Severn.

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