The children of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will now officially be referred to as Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet, it has been confirmed.

It comes after the couple christened their daughter Lilibet in a small ceremony in Montecito, California, last week, but a follows a u-turn on the use of the HRH titles.

Here’s everything you need to know about the change in the children’s royal status.

When did the change happen?

The change was marked when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s daughter, Lilibet, was christened Princess Lilibet Diana during a small ceremony in Montecito, California on Friday.

“I can confirm that Princess Lilibet Diana was christened on Friday, 3 March by the Archbishop of Los Angeles, the Rev John Taylor,” a spokesperson for Harry and Meghan said on Wednesday.

Her brother, Archie, also now takes the title of prince.

Why have the titles changed?

The change follows a row over titles, that was sparked when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped back from royal duties in 2020.

Archie, three, and Lilibet, who is one, were not originally given HRH titles at birth because of their position in the line of royal succession as the great-grandchildren of Queen Elizabeth II.

Since the death of the Queen in September last year, Charles became King and will have his coronation in May. Because of this, Archie and Lilibet are now the grandchildren of a monarch, which has changed their royal roles.

The King told Prince Harry that his children would be allowed to use royal titles in a private conversation last year after the Queen’s funeral last year, The Mail reported.

The children are currently listed as Master Archie and Miss Lilibet on the royal website, but a royal source confirmed the website “will be updated in due course”.

When will the titles be used?

It is understood that these titles will be deployed in formal settings, but not in everyday use by Harry and Meghan. It is thought the parents want Archie and Lilibet to have the chance to decide whether to drop or keep using the titles when they are older.

Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor was born on 4 June 2021. On the Royal Family’s website Lilibet and Archie are referred to as Miss Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor, and Master Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.

Buckingham Palace said the royal website “will now be updated in due course” to reflect the titles.

At the time of the late Queen’s death and the King’s accession, a spokesman for the King pledged to update Archie and Lilibet’s names on the site “as and when we get information”.

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