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Archie and Lilibet have claimed prince and princess titles


LONDON — King Charles III may have indicated a desire to slim down the British monarchy, but two additional family members are now using their royal titles: Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet.

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, made public that they would be claiming the titles for their children when they announced that Lilibet, who turns 2 in June, was christened last week in California.

A spokesperson for the Sussexes said in an email Wednesday: “I can confirm that Princess Lilibet Diana was christened on Friday March 3 by the Archbishop of Los Angeles, the Rev John Taylor.” Taylor is a bishop in the Episcopal Church.

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It was not clear whether any family attended from across the pond — a sign, perhaps, that reconciliation is not yet underway in Harry and Meghan’s strained relationship with the royals back in Britain.

Some Harry and Meghan fans came to their defense by circulating a video clip on Twitter of American actor Tyler Perry saying that he had accepted the role of Lilibet’s godfather, but with the suggestion that they “do a private ceremony here,” rather than something with more pomp (and presumably more relatives) in Britain.

Archie and Lilibet were too low in the line of succession when they were born to be prince and princess. But they gained the right to be styled that way — and use the title “HRH,” for “his and her royal highness” — when their grandfather, Charles, became king in September.

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The rule goes back to King George V, who in 1917 — when trying to shrink the size of the monarchy — limited the titles to the children of the sovereign, children of sons of the sovereign and the eldest son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales.

Queen Elizabeth II tweaked the rule in 2012 to extend titles to all the children of Prince William.

Charles has yet to offer any of his own amendments. But in the six months he has been on the throne, Archie and Lilibet continued to be referred to as “master” and “miss” on the royal family’s website.

Buckingham Palace confirmed Wednesday that the site would be updated with the titles for both Sussex children.

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