Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's announcement that their children, Archie and Lilibet, hold HRH Prince and HRH Princess titles respectively, has raised eyebrows among some royal commentators. It was revealed that the decision to grant the children their royal titles was made privately following the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II in September 2022.
The announcement was only made public following the announcement of Lilibet's baptism. However, Buckingham Palace did not issue its announcement, instead, it only updated the children's titles on the Royal Family's website.
According to royal commentator Esther Krakue, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wanted their children to have the HRH titles because of money.
She alleges that the couple has made a lot of money off their titles, given their Netflix documentary, interview with Oprah, and Harry's book. Krakue claims that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are aware that such opportunities would not have been available to them if they were not members of the Royal Family.
Krakue further accused the couple of "prostituting" their titles and the Royal Family to make more money. On the delayed announcement, royal expert Ingrid Seward believes that the couple waited for Buckingham Palace to announce the changes just as it did with Prince Edward's title.
Seward thinks that the couple waited for Buckingham Palace to announce the change and were hoping that it would jump the gun, but no such luck.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been accused of monetizing their royal titles in their pursuit of financial independence from the royals. Since leaving their royal duties in January 2020, they have signed multi-million dollar deals with Netflix and Spotify and launched their non-profit organization, Archewell Foundation.
While some have accused the couple of monetizing their royal titles, they maintain that their children have a birthright to the titles. However, their decision to keep the titles private until the announcement of Lilibet's baptism has led to questions about their intentions. Despite the controversy surrounding their decision, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle remain popular figures among their supporters.