Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could allow Archie to decide whether or not he wants to become a prince, a royal biographer has claimed.
Robert Lacey, whose book Battle of Brothers is to be serialised in The Times, has spoken out following claims Prince Charles could prevent Archie from taking a title.
The Prince of Wales must be king before he can block his grandson from becoming a prince, which Palace insiders expect would be an unlikely first act for Charles upon ascending the throne.
“It is clear to me that the Queen and her advisers have discussed this issue at the highest level and that the royal status of Archie and Lilibet is not in jeopardy in her lifetime,” Lacey told the publication.
“It is possible that Prince Charles may try to remove royal status from the Sussex children when he comes to the throne but that does not seem likely.”
She added: “His priority then will be to gain popular support for upgrading the status of Camilla from princess consort to queen consort and he is not likely to court unpopularity by removing HRH status from Archie and Lili.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex could follow the example of the Earl and Countess of Wessex, Lacey speculated, who are allowing Lady Louise and Viscount Sever to make up their own mind when they turn 18.
Lacey said in a recent instalment of his book’s serialisation that the Queen had made a “misstep” by not improving the racial diversity of Buckingham Palace.
He added that while Her Majesty might have had “nothing to prove when it came to allegations of racism,” he noted every senior official Meghan Markle would have dealt with was white.
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Speculation that Prince Charles did not want Archie to have a royal title came in The Mail On Sunday, where a source was quoted as saying the Prince of Wales was planning to streamline the monarchy’s front line of royals.
“Harry and Meghan were told Archie would never be a prince even when Charles becomes king,” the source told the newspaper.
“This is what nobody realised from the interview [with Oprah Winfrey]. The real thing is that Charles was going to take active steps to strip Archie of his ultimate birthright.”
Clarence House declined to comment on the story to the Mail.
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