Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s placement on the Royal Family’s official website has changed, with the couple’s profiles moved further down.
The change has been made on the Royal Family Members page, where the Duke of Sussex’s profile is now placed next to Prince Edward, Duke of Kent. The Duchess of Sussex is now placed below her husband and alongside Prince Andrew, Duke of York.
As reported by The Telegraph, Meghan and Harry weren’t that close at the bottom of the page at first. Although the couple has always been seen among senior royals such as the Prince and Princess of Wales, they both outranked other family members including the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent, Princess Alexandra, who is ranked 56th in the Series stands by Succession and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.
However, as the outlet noted, the Sussexes are now below the Queen’s cousins Princess Alexandra, the Duke of Kent and the Duke of Gloucester, who are working members of the royal family.
The Telegraph also noted that Prince Andrew was moved to the bottom of the page along with the Sussexes.
The website update followed the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8, with the change coming one day after the end of the late monarch’s royal mourning period.
Corresponding The Telegraph15 months ago, the Sussexes, who in 2020 announced their intention to step down from their roles as senior members of the royal family, were first moved down the royal family website when they were placed below the Wessexes and Princess Anne. Before this move, they were listed directly below the Prince and Princess of Wales.
Harry and Meghan, who moved to the US in 2020 after stepping down from royal duties, returned to California from the UK last Wednesday, two days after the Queen’s state funeral.
The latest change on the royal family’s website comes amid ongoing speculation about a possible change in titles for the couple’s two children, Archie, three, and Lilibet, one.
When Charles became king, the Sussexes’ children inherited the right to be HRH by virtue of the 1917 Letters Patent, with Archie as Prince and Lilibet as Princess. The judgment, issued by King George V, allows grandchildren of the monarch to inherit the titles of His/Her Royal Highness (HRH).
The royal family’s website has yet to reflect the children’s updated titles, with the king reportedly awaiting the release of Prince Harry’s book, which is due in 2023, before deciding whether to give Archie and Lilibet new titles.
In an excerpt from her new book The New Royals: Queen Elizabeth’s Legacy and the Future of the Crown, vanity fairRoyal correspondent Katie Nicholl claimed she spoke to a source close to Charles, who said the king is waiting to see what Harry will write about the royal family in his memoir.
“Would Charles go so far as to stop Archie and Lilibet from becoming a prince and princess now that the Sussexes are no longer working royals?” she wrote. “According to a source close to the king, ‘It very much depends on what happens in the coming months, particularly with Harry’s book and her TV show.'”
Speak with The IndependentRoyal correspondent Victoria Arbiter said it’s ultimately up to Harry and Meghan whether they want their children to walk after their titles.
“[Archie and Lilibet] automatically become a prince and princess simply because the rules are designed that way,” she said. “Whether Harry and Meghan want that and what pressure that entails remains to be seen. Charles could change the Letters patent and if he changes the Letters patent it will not offend Harry and Meghan.”
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