Twitter Reacts To Report Prince Charles Won't Let Grandson Archie Be Prince

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Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Son Archie
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are pictured presenting their newborn son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, during a photocall in St. George's Hall at Windsor Castle on May 8, 2019 in Windsor, England.

Twitter users have shared their thoughts on the claims that Prince Charles does not plan to give Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's son Archie an HRH title.

The Prince of Wales will change key documents to prevent Archie from inheriting the title as part of his plan to limit the number of key royals once he ascends the throne, Daily Mail reported, citing an unnamed source. International Business Times could not independently verify the claims.

While Prince Charles and the palace have not commented on the report, royal watchers and fans took to Twitter to weigh in on its claims.

Some said they were not surprised, with royal biographer Angela Levin commenting, "It's been known for years before Meghan hit the scene that Prince Charles wanted to slim down the monarchy and not give titles to those who were not in direct line to the throne. It would save money too."

Another wrote, "Charles said this over 10 years ago, long before Meghan was even heard of, people still looking for racism that isn’t there."

A number of users approved of Prince Charles' rumored plan for its practicality. "This is the correct path. Fewer royals, fewer residences and palaces. We Canadians would accept the Royal Family if it were more practical and yet still as loving toward us. Slimmed down is the way to go," one wrote.

Another Twitter user pointed out that monarchs limiting the number of working royals is nothing new. 

"Prince Charles' model of a slimmed down monarchy is not revolutionary. In Sweden, King Carl-Gustaf removed 5 grandchildren of titles as they won't perform official roles as adults-the only children to retain were the children of Crown Princess Victoria who will be working royals," the user wrote.

However, one person suggested, "Prince Charles wants to streamline the monarchy? Great, let’s streamline it right down to zero. The very idea of a monarchy is abhorrent."

Some criticized the Prince of Wales. "Since Prince Charles is trending let me add that he wasn't just a s----y husband he turned out to be a s-----er father," a user tweeted.

 

Others said they believe it is unlikely that Markle, Prince Harry and their children would be bothered by the kids not having an HRH title.

"The Sussexes never asked him to include their son or their daughter. He's flexing a little hard for something they weren't looking for. I have a feeling they knew Charles wouldn't include their children," one person wrote.

 

People reported earlier that Archie and baby Lili will automatically inherit HRH titles when Prince Charles becomes king. The rule was established by King George V after he issued a Letters Patent in 1917 that read, "The grandchildren of the sons of any such sovereign in the direct male line (save only the eldest living son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales) shall have and enjoy in all occasions the style and title enjoyed by the children of dukes of these our realms."

Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty magazine, also told People the same in a previous interview. However, he wasn't sure if the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would want that for their children.

"As the grandchildren of the Sovereign, they have the right to be upgraded to the style of His or Her Royal Highness. But that begs a question of whether Harry and Meghan want that," Little said. "Do they prefer what [Prince] Edward and Sophie have, and not have their children as Their Royal Highnesses with a view to them leading relatively normal lives?"


Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and their son Archie are residing in Los Angeles, California.
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan took their baby son Archie on the tour of southern Africa.
Photo: POOL/HENK KRUGER

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