Royal Family site updates line of succession to reflect major change for Kate and William

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The Royal Family’s website has outlined the new position senior members will hold now the Queen has been succeeded by King Charles III. The change confirmed the new roles of Prince and Princess of Wales for Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge and Cornwall. The website however did not update the status for Prince Harry’s children, who still appear as Master Archie Mountbatten-Windsor and Miss Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor.

Royal commentator Omid Scobie noted: “The Palace has updated the line of succession on their website to reflect William and Kate’s new titles.

“As son of the King, Harry’s children have the right to become HRH Prince Archie and HRH Princess Lilibet. Right now, however, the two are listed with their original stylings.

Under the new pecking order, Prince William is first to succeed King Charles III followed by his eldest son Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.

The three children, who briefly held the title of Cambridge and Cornwall, are listed as George, Charlotte and Louis of Wales.

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Prince Harry upgraded from sixth in line to fifth, with son Archie and daughter Lilibet in sixth and seventh place.

Prince Andrew follows in eight place, with daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie with their children behind him.

The Prince of Wales was confirmed as the new holder of the title during the king’s first national address on Friday.

His Majesty said he was “proud” to pass on the title he held for over 50 years and said William and Catherine will continue to “inspire” the public with their hard work in their new position.

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The accession of Charles to the throne could also see a change in the titles and styles reserved for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s children, Archie and Lilibet.

As the son of the new king, the Duke of Sussex is recognised the right to have his children use the His or Her Royal Highness style, and to use the title of Prince and Princess.

The children are automatically granted the right to use their titles but the change in website suggested discussions may be ongoing as to whether Meghan and Harry want their children to use them so early in their life.

Whilst William and Kate took on the honour for George, Charlotte and Louis when they were born, Harry and Meghan opted out when offered the opportunity when Archie Harrison was born in May 2019.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex could instead decide to follow in the footsteps of Prince Edward and Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, who chose not to have their children Louise and James use the HRH style.

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