Charles is King, Harry’s children to be prince, princess: All about new Royal titles


Charles is now the King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. He is also King of other Commonwealth realms and Defender of the Faith and Supreme Governor of the Church of England. Charles will now be styled His Majesty instead of His Royal Highness, while his wife Camilla, who is Queen Consort now, will be styled Her Majesty.

The change in titles that Charles’ elevation to the throne will bring is likely to further change power equations in the British royal family.

Forty-year-old Prince William—the eldest son of Charles and the late Princess Diana–is now heir to the throne. The Duke of Cambridge will now be the Duke of Cornwall and Cambridge since he inherits the Cornwall title from his father. However, William is not yet the Prince of Wales, the title traditionally used for the male heir to the throne. It is not passed on automatically and the title will have to be bestowed upon by his father.


Catherine Middleton, who is married to Prince Williams and is also the Duchess of Cambridge, will now be addressed as the Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge. Once William becomes the Prince of Wales, Kate too will become the Princess of Wales, a title that belonged to Diana when she was married to Charles.


William and Kate’s children—Prince George, Prince Charrlotte and Prince Louis—will now be known as the Prince and Princess of Cornwall and Cambridge. When William becomes the Prince of Wales, his children will automatically assume the title of either Prince of Wales or Princess of Wales.

Read: Elizabethan age ends, Charles is finally King after decades-long wait


Prince Charles and late princess Diana’s younger son Prince Harry (37) is the Duke of Sussex. His title or that of his American wife Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, will not change. The couple dropped their titles following a fallout with the royal family.


Archie Mountbatten Windsor, son of Harry and Meghan, is now technically a Prince as per the rules laid out by King George V in 1917. However, the Buckingham Palace has previously said that his parents want him to be known simply as Master Archie. At his birth, Archie was reportedly too lower down in the pecking order to be accorded the title of prince as per the restrictions placed by George V, but as the grandson of the sovereign, he could be titled a prince and styled His Royal Highness.


Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor, born to Harry and Meghan, is now technically a princess and if she uses the title, will be styled HRH Princess Lili of Sussex.


Prince Andrew, the second eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, was stripped of his honorary military roles after there was a lot of hue and cry surrounding a lawsuit alleging he had sex with a 17-year-old girl and fears that the scandal would taint the House of Windsor.

The queen also removed his honorary leadership of various charities, known as royal patronages, and barred him from using the title “his royal highness” in official settings.

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