Charles won't let Archie be a prince: Prince of
Wales's plan not to include grandson among slimmed-down, lower cost frontline
royals is revealed as row that ignited Oprah outburst
- Prince Charles made it clear Archie will have no place
among frontline Royals
- The move incensed the Sussexes and is thought to have
prompted their outburst
- A grandchild of the sovereign has long had the right
to be a Prince
- Charles wants to change legal documents in order to
limit the number of Royals
MANSEY FOR THE MAIL ON SUNDAY
22:00, 19 June 2021 | UPDATED: 02:49, 20 June 2021
Charles is to ensure that his two-year-old grandson Archie will never be a
Prince, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
The heir to
the throne has made it clear that Harry and Meghan's son will have no place
among frontline Royals as he plans a slimmed-down Monarchy after he becomes
has incensed the Sussexes and is thought to have prompted the series of bitter
accusations the couple have levelled at Charles and the Royal Family from
across the Atlantic.
grandchild of the sovereign has long had the right to be a Prince, but Charles
is determined to limit the number of key Royals, believing the public does not
wish to pay for an ever-expanding Monarchy.
told the Sussexes that he will change key legal documents to ensure that Archie
cannot get the title he would once have inherited by right, according to a
source close to the couple.
decision, which follows months of fraught discussion behind the scenes, has
plunged relations between Harry and his relatives to a dangerous new low.
Meghan were told Archie would never be a Prince, even when Charles became
King,' confirmed the source.
revelation comes amid a series of explosive claims by respected Royal
biographer Robert Lacey whose newly revised book Battle Of The Brothers states:
The Mail on Sunday has learned that Harry demanded the right to approve at
least one writer or journalist to work alongside the usual 'press pack' of
Royal reporters at the unveiling of the statue to Princess Diana next month, so
deep is his distrust of the British media.
details of Charles's plan for a slimmed-down Monarchy have never been revealed,
but it has been speculated that only heirs to the throne and their immediate
families will receive full titles, financial support from the public purse
through the Sovereign Grant and police protection funded by the taxpayer.
his younger brother, the Duke of York, have already been at loggerheads about
what security Andrew's daughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie should
receive in future. Now Harry and Meghan have found themselves caught up, too.
suggest they hadn't seen the move coming, and were shocked to find that Charles
will take the active step of changing legal instruments known as the Letters
Patent in order to exclude Archie and others.
will be all the more galling as the Sussexes havemade a point of refusing to
use another, lesser title for their son, who is technically the Earl of
Dumbarton. They took that decision safe in the knowledge that Archie would
become a Prince in due course. Or so they thought.
this year, a source close to the Sussexes confirmed they did indeed expect
Archie to be named a Prince when Charles, Archie's grandfather, acceded to the
throne. Their spokesman at the time was even instructed to remind journalists
of that 'fact'.
Sussexes finally learned that would not be the case just before sitting down
with Oprah Winfrey for their first bombshell interview in March.
suggest the issue was still raw at the time of the recording – which might help
account for the devastating criticisms they unleashed on the show, including
the damaging implication that an unnamed senior member of the Royal Family had
referred to Archie in a racist way.
throws a spotlight on one section of the interview which had raised eyebrows at
the time. Speaking to Oprah, Meghan recalled how, when she had been pregnant,
'They [the Royal Family] were saying they didn't want him to be a Prince or a
continued: 'You know, the other piece of that convention is, there's a
convention – I forget if it was George V or George VI convention – that when
you're the grandchild of the monarch, so when Harry's dad becomes King,
automatically Archie and our next baby would become Prince or Princess, or
whatever they were going to be… But also it's not their right to take it away.'
puzzled Royal watchers, who reminded the Sussexes they had very publicly
declared that they didn't want a title for their son, who would be known as Archie
pointed out that a son of Prince Harry's – a great-grandchild of the Queen –
had no automatic right to be titled a Prince, or receive a security allowance.
But that was to ignore the real drama taking place behind the scenes. Because
Meghan was actually referring to the secret news that Archie would never become
a Prince, not even when Charles was King.
said: 'This is what nobody realised from the interview. The real thing was that
Charles was going to take active steps to strip Archie of his ultimate
existing rules for Royal titles were established in Letters Patent dated
November 20, 1917.
King George V, the Queen's grandfather, allowed the title of Prince and
Princess to be given to the children of the sovereign, the children of the sovereign's
sons and the eldest living son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales – in
this case, Prince George.
Charlotte and Prince Louis, William's daughter and younger son, received their
titles not by right but as gifts of the Queen, who issued new Letters Patent to
that effect in 2013. Similarly, when King, Charles will have the power to
change George V's Letters Patent how he sees fit – and so streamline The Firm.
said: 'Charles has never made any secret of the fact that he wants a
slimmed-down Monarchy when he becomes King.
realises that the public don't want to pay for a huge Monarchy and, as he said,
the balcony at Buckingham Palace would probably collapse.'
not all grandchildren of the Queen are titled Prince or Princess. As she is a
daughter, not a son, of the sovereign, Princess Anne's children had no
automatic right to the title but out of choice she also declined lesser titles
for her children Peter and Zara.
youngest son, Prince Edward, thought it prudent not to name his daughter and
son as Princess and Prince. Instead, they are titled Lady and Viscount
source said last night: 'We are not going to speculate about the succession or
comment on rumours coming out of America.'
side by side, leafing through a photo album, William and Harry are sharing
cherished memories of their mother. Their conversation is easy, unconstrained,
charming. It is a rare window on a fraternal dynamic and evidence, if it were
needed, of an unshakeable bond.
four years ago, the occasion a TV documentary on the 20th anniversary of
Diana's death. Today, with the publication of a book revealing extraordinary
new details of their toxic rift, the gulf between the brothers seems
unbridgeable. Quite how it has come to this seems bewildering.
than two weeks, on what would have been Diana's 60th birthday, the brothers
will reunite for the unveiling of her statue, but what should have been a
simple, unfussy act of commemoration will doubtless turn into something
Harry's approach to the event. The Mail on Sunday has learned that the Duke of
Sussex now wants his own journalist to cover the day.
Meghan have long decried the coverage they receive from the British media,
claiming it is UK-biased and lacks diversity. Not wishing to leave the statue
unveiling at Kensington Palace to the official 'Royal Rota' of journalists,
they are now expected to 'appoint' at least one approved writer to work
It is just
the kind of imperiousness that rankles with the Duke of Cambridge.
reported yesterday that a blistering row between the Duke and his brother over
bullying claims led to them splitting their households, with a friend of the
future King noting: 'William threw Harry out.'
it was assumed that Harry precipitated the separation.
of how William and Harry fell out appears in the paperback edition of Battle Of
Brothers by historian and biographer Robert Lacey, which is being serialised in
newspaper revealed in March how Jason Knauf, communications secretary to the Cambridges
and Sussexes, claimed in October 2018 that Meghan had been bullying members of
staff. Lawyers for the Sussexes have denied the allegations.
William heard the bullying allegations, he rang Harry, according to Lacey. The
conversation was heated and Harry 'shut off his phone angrily' so William went
to speak to him personally.
writes: 'The Prince was horrified by what he had just been told about Meghan's
alleged behaviour, and he wanted to hear what Harry had to say. The showdown
between the brothers was fierce and bitter.'
The Mail on Sunday has been told there have been other, equally intense
clashes. None more so, according to a source, than on the eve of Harry's
wedding. Details are sketchy but this row was said to have been particularly
had already fallen out before Harry and Meghan's engagement after William had
expressed doubts about the speed at which their relationship was progressing.
Lacey writes that William believed Meghan was following an 'agenda' and Kate,
too, according to a friend, was wary of her from the outset.
quotes one Kensington Palace staffer as saying: 'Meghan portrayed herself as
the victim, but she was the bully. People felt run over by her.
thought she was a complete narcissist and sociopath – basically unhinged.'
to the book, jealousy is at the heart of the brothers' rift. Or at least that
is how Harry sees it. The Duke views his triumphant October 2018 return with
Meghan from their Australian tour as a defining moment in their deteriorating
course, would reject any notion that he and his wife resented the Diana-like
popularity Meghan enjoyed at the time. In any case, the book says, the brothers
were no longer on speaking terms before the Sussexes set off for Australia,
owing to William's anger over the bullying allegations.
Knauf, 34, was concerned by stories of mistreatment brought to him by
colleagues and resolved to set down the facts, as he saw them, for the record.
In an email
to William's private secretary, Knauf wrote: 'I am very concerned that the
Duchess was able to bully two PAs out of the household in the past year.'
had received 'report after report', he wrote, from people who had witnessed
'unacceptable behaviour' by Meghan towards this member of staff.
As early as
2017, around the time of the couple's engagement, according to a report in The
Times, a senior aide had spoken to the couple about the difficulties caused by
their treatment of staff. 'It's not my job to coddle people,' Meghan was said
to have replied.
significant that it was Knauf – whose PR expertise Meghan valued and who was
one of her most senior advisers – that raised the issue. Until this point,
Lacey says Texas-born Knauf had taken 'considerable stick from some of his
non-royal contacts' who criticised him for being overly protective of the
numerous colleagues were bringing stories of what they said they had suffered
at Meghan's hands, including emotional cruelty and manipulation, and he could
not remain silent.
reported that several people maintained they had been 'humiliated' by the
Duchess, and that criticism also extended to Harry. 'I overheard a conversation
between Harry and one of his top aides,' one Kensington Palace courtier told
Lacey. 'Harry was screaming and screaming down the phone. Team Sussex was a
really toxic environment. People shouting and screaming in each other's faces.'
unclear whether Knauf brought his dossier to William personally or whether it
was submitted via an aide. Either way, the troubling stories astonished and
horrified the Duke, who knew and liked all the individuals named in the
dossier. After all, they were his staff too.
their cue from the Queen, William and Kate had always treated their staff like
family. What William heard, or possibly read, crystallised a long-held
suspicion –that Meghan was fundamentally hostile towards the Royal system.
interpretation, said Meghan, was wholly wrong.
statement issued to The Times early in March this year, her lawyers denied all
allegations of bullying as inaccurate and defamatory and the product of what
they called a 'smear campaign'.
wished to fit in and be accepted, they insisted. She had left her life in North
America to commit herself to her new role.
that his account of this period is based on Knauf's written accusations and
'William's personal account of these events to one of his friends, who then
spoke to this author'.
that while the showdown between the brothers was fierce, William's
pre-engagement questioning of Meghan's suitability had been quite reasonable.
Some of William's reservations chimed with the allegations in Knauf's dossier.
Lacey says William felt that Meghan was 'undermining some precious principles
of the Monarchy if she really was treating her staff in this way'.
that, she seemed to be stealing his brother away from him. Courtiers would
later coin a hashtag – #freeHarry.
felt deeply wounded. 'Hurt' and 'betrayed' were the two feelings he described
to his friend. The elder brother had always felt so protective. He had seen it
as his job to look out for Harry.
'At the end
of the day, the British Crown and all it stood for with its ancient traditions,
styles and values – the mission of the Monarchy – had to matter more to William
than his brother did,' writes Lacey.
combative in his wife's defence, Harry meanwhile was equally furious that
William should believe the accusations against Meghan. Whether claims of racism
surfaced during these heated discussions is not known.
made clear to the world in his interview with Oprah Winfrey that he considered
his family's response to Meghan to have been essentially 'racist'.
writes: 'William, for his part, felt just as strongly about Meghan and the need
for her subversive 'agenda' to be removed from the operations of the British
Monarchy, which she did not appear to understand or respect.
clear to the world in his interview with Oprah Winfrey that he considered his
family's response to Meghan to have been essentially 'racist'
certainly wanted Meghan removed, for a start, from the hitherto harmonious
joint household that he and his brother had operated together for the best part
of a decade. William simply did not want her or Harry around any more.'
little surprise, then, that Meghan will not accompany Harry to the statue
unveiling. Indeed it is far from clear when she will return to these shores.
some speculation that Archie would travel with his father but that it not now
expected to happen.
created by Ian Rank-Broadley, has been years in the making. William and Harry,
who were just 15 and 12 when their mother was killed in a car crash in Paris,
announced the idea in 2017.
time, a Palace statement said that it was 'hoped' that the statue would be
'unveiled… before the end of 2017'. Questions over the design and where it
should be displayed led to delays.
year, when the Princes announced that Rank-Broadley had been chosen as the
sculptor, the Duke of Cambridge tweeted that the statue was 'expected to be
unveiled in 2019'.
brothers convened a committee to oversee the project and sought funds from
private investors. Those with a key role on the committee included trusted
adviser Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, the Princes' former private secretary and
Prince George's godfather; Diana's sister Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Julia
Samuel, a close friend of their mother.
Farrell, co-owner of London's Sladmore Contemporary gallery, was brought in as
an artistic adviser. Towards the beginning of the process, he described it as a
take another two years and many more transatlantic discussions between the
brothers before the statue would finally be made public.
said: 'The Princes remember her as a mother, and publicly she meant so many
different things to different people. It was important for the princes to
convey the depth of her character and variety of her interests.'
other concerns, too.For William, and particularly young Harry, the public
reaction to their mother's death baffled them.
felt deeply wounded. 'Hurt' and 'betrayed' were the two feelings he described
to his friend. The elder brother had always felt so protective. He had seen it
as his job to look out for Harry
In a recent
documentary series on Apple+ with Oprah Winfrey, Harry spoke of being unable to
'process' his mother's death. Speaking about walking behind his mother's coffin
at the funeral, he said: 'Sharing the grief of my mother's death with the
world, for me the thing I remember the most is the sound of the horses' hooves
going along the mall. The red brick road.
time, both of us were in shock. It was like I was outside of my body and
walking along just doing what was expected of me. Showing one tenth of the
emotion everyone else was showing.
like, 'This is my mum. You never even met her.'
that the statue might draw crowds and a sea of flowers, the Princes agreed to
erect it in the Princess Diana Memorial Garden at Kensington Palace, where the
Princess of Wales lived until her death and where Harry and Meghan announced
are understood to be 'impressed' with the finished design.
they will ever be able to find common ground on the issues that divide them is
another matter entirely.