The statement made by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in an interview with Oprah on Sunday on CBS, in which they asserted that their son Archie was denied being a prince, has dusted off the 1917 law that indicates what titles the princes can hold. relatives of the Queen of England. It establishes that only their children, their grandchildren and the great-grandchildren who come directly from the most direct line of succession to the throne can possess this honor. These are the cases of the four children of Isabel II: Carlos, Ana, Andrés and Eduardo and their children. But the truth is that many of her grandchildren have chosen not to have this treatment and in some cases they have even renounced their dynastic rights to lead an anonymous life that also allows them to have a profession.
Neither the great-grandchildren of the monarch have the right to carry before his name the qualifier of prince or princess except for the three children of William of England, who occupies the third place in the line of succession followed by his direct descendants: Jorge, Carlota and Luis who can use it. According to this palatial rule, Archie could only be a prince when his grandfather Carlos ascends the throne since at that time he would be the king's grandson. The queen, according to her power, usually grants the title of duke to direct relatives whom she wants to consider in a special way.
When the son of the Duke of Sussex was born, the little one was named Archie Mountbatten-Windsor , an order surnames that surprised by relegating Windsor to second position benefiting Mountbatten. At that time, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle communicated through their spokesmen that they renounced any noble treatment for their child. The statements made by the marriage to Oprah, in which they assure that their son was deprived of his rights, collide with that initial announcement. When the baby arrived his birth was surrounded by news since the palace rules were broken on several occasions. The hospital was not the usual one for the royal family, it took hours to announce that he had been born and the presentation was also different.
It is not uncommon for the family of Elizabeth II to renounce titles and honors. Thus, for example, the children of Princess Anne , Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips, are not princes by decision of their parents who discarded this treatment for them when they were born. The queen's daughter has stated on more than one occasion that in her opinion she did the “right thing”. The son of Anne of England, Peter, was the first grandson of the monarch to marry and to celebrate it Elizabeth II wanted to grant him a county, something that he refused. The children of both Zara and Peter, Mia and Lena Tindall and Savannah and Isla Phillips, who are great-grandchildren of the queen, therefore do not have any title either.
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Andres of England , the second of the male children of Elizabeth II, has wanted to retain the honors. Eighth in line to the British throne, he married Sarah Ferguson in 1986. The couple had two daughters Beatriz and Eugenia. Both enjoy the title of princess for being granddaughters of the queen. Andrés' position in the royal family is going through a very difficult time due to his links with the pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, who are being investigated. For this reason, the prince has been removed from official life but has not renounced his dynastic rights or his titles.
Something different happens with Edward, the fourth son of the Queen of England. When he married Sofia in 1999, Buckingham decided to grant him Wessex County. You may also be entitled to the title of Duke of Edinburgh when Elizabeth II's husband dies. His two children, Luisa and Jaime, have the category of count children although in fact they do not use any treatment and lead a fairly anonymous life.