A royal historian has criticised Prince Charles for “dropping the ball” if allegations are true that he will not allow grandson Archie to be granted a title.
It is alleged that Prince Charles has altered official documents that mean his grandson will not be granted the title when he assumes the throne.
If true, the move would be a major departure from royal protocol, which normally sees a grandchild of the sovereign have the honour of being named a prince.
Royal historian, broadcaster and author Dr Tessa Dunlop has claimed that, if true, the Duke of Cornwall has “dropped the ball” with his decision.
Speaking on the latest episode of Palace Confidential, the author of Bletchley Girls and Century Girls claimed: “I think Prince Charles has probably been clumsy.
“He reminds me of the well-meaning, avuncular man in the corner who is a bit out of date and occasionally gaffes and gets things wrong.
“In his little head it would be simpler to have fewer princes and princesses.
“Prince Charles, I think, was well intentioned – he walked Meghan Markle down the aisle for goodness sake.”
She also alleged that Charles failed to realise the implications of refusing to give Archie a royal title.
“He was ready and keen to welcome her into the family, but he failed to recognise the wider implications of having a woman of colour in the contemporary Royal Family and what that meant for the potential reach and potential diversity, the voice in the Commonwealth and he dropped the ball,” Dr Dunlop continued.
“[I think] he should have done the exact opposite, which was ‘hey Meghan, I’m wanting to slim down the monarchy but instead I’m so going to make your Archie the biggest and best prince on the planet, oh except he’s never gonna be King’.”
The full details of Charles’ plan for the slimmed-down monarchy have not been revealed, but speculation suggests only heirs to the throne and immediate family members will be granted full titles.
A select few will also only receive financial support from the Sovereign Grant and taxpayer-funded police protection, it is said.
Experts claim the Duke of York’s daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie could lose their titles, financial support and security.
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Clarence House previously refused to comment on the Mail on Sunday’s claims Charles would not give Archie a title.
The comments come ahead of Prince Harry’s meeting with his brother Prince William at an event to commemorate their late mother, Princess Diana.
A statue is being unveiled at Kensington Palace on Thursday – on what would have been her 60th birthday.