Archie Mountbatten-Windsor may not have a royal title, but he remains the great-grandson of the Queen and a grandson and nephew of two respective future Kings. As such, he is likely to be affected by a specific royal rule when he is older that his little sister Lilibet won’t need to pay heed to.
The Succession to the Crown Act (2013) was implemented to replace the system of male-preference primogeniture in the British monarchy, but it also included stipulations on royal marriages. According to Act, Archie will be required to ask the permission of the Sovereign if he decides to get married in the future, or he could lose his place in the line of succession.
The legislation stipulates that if a royal fails to seek the monarch’s permission then “the person and the person’s descendants from the marriage are disqualified from succeeding to the Crown”. As Prince Harry’s children, Archie and Lilibet are currently seventh and eighth in line to the throne respectively.
But when Prince Charles is King, the next six people in the line of succession, as it currently stands, will be Prince William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, Prince Harry and Archie. As seventh in line to the throne, Lilibet will be free to marry whomever she likes without obtaining her grandfather Charles or Uncle William’s permission beforehand.
Rules regarding royal marriages have been in place for centuries, with the Royal Marriages Act of 1772 enabling royal marriages to be decreed void if they were seen to negatively affect the Royal House.As Prince Harry’s children, Archie and Lilibet are currently seventh and eighth in line to the throne respectively.
As the daughter of a Duke, Lilibet was also eligible to be styled as a Lady, but she remains without a title like her elder brother. Town&Country contributing editor and royal expert Victoria Murphy explained: “As the daughter of a Duke, [Lili] could use Lady before her name just as Archie would have been entitled to use the courtesy title Earl of Dumbarton.
“However, Harry and Meghan have chosen not to use these styles for either of their children when they announced their names to the world. “When they did this for Archie, it was widely interpreted that they wanted him to have a normal life and were shunning the formalities a title can bring.”