In an excerpt published by Vanity Fair, Nicholl claimed Charles has allegedly been “reluctant” to make any title changes for Archie, 3, who earned the right to be a prince and 1-year-old Lilibet, a princess.
“We know titles matter to Charles, and he reportedly wants to limit them to the top tier of royals,” the excerpt read. “He is also reportedly reluctant for his brother Prince Edward to take the title Duke of Edinburgh, even though it was their late father’s wish.”
“Would Charles go as far as barring Archie and Lilibet from becoming a prince and a princess now that the Sussexes are no longer working royals? According to a source close to the king, ‘It depends a lot on what happens in the coming months, particularly with Harry’s book and their TV show,’” Nicholl claimed.
Markle, 41, and her husband have had a contentious relationship with the royal family following their decision to step back from royal duties in 2020. They subsequently moved to Montecito, California, and the Invictus Games founder’s memoir — set to tell his side of royal life — will be published in 2023.
Elsewhere in the biography, Nicholl explained how the queen was upset after learning that Harry and Markle would be leaving the family two years ago.
A source had spoken to the reporter for her book, saying: “[The queen] was very hurt and told me, ‘I don’t know, I don’t care, and I don’t want to think about it anymore.’”
Nicholl also claimed that “it was a source of sadness to the queen that she got to see so little of Archie and Lilibet and that Harry and Meghan were not able to join her for a weekend at Balmoral in August, when the queen used to host a ‘sleepover’ for all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.”