The moment has finally arrived: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle welcomed their daughter, Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, into the world! That's right, baby Archie is now a big brother and they are officially a family of four.
And while we're all having a little trouble containing our excitement, one of the biggest questions on our mind is whether the new baby will be given an official title and, if so, which title will she be given? Princess? Duchess? Lady? Despite Meghan and Harry’s firstborn being bestowed a fancy title from the queen herself (which they denied), it's less clear if the new child will be given the same honor, considering the couple decided to step down as senior members of the royal family.
Allow us to explain.
Per a royal family rule, the titles of “prince” and “princess” (as well as “his or her royal highness”) are reserved for children or grandchildren of the monarch. So, when Archie was born, he was offered the aristocratic title, Earl of Dumbarton (Not too shabby, but it’s no HRH.). However, the duke and duchess denied such title and opted to instead call him "Master Archie Mountbatten-Windsor."