The King of Sweden Removes Royal Titles From His Five Grandchildren

Princess Madeleine's and Prince Carl Philip's children are no longer princes or princesses.

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    Big changes are afoot in Sweden with the announcement that King Carl XVI Gustaf's grandchildren no longer have royal titles.

    People reported, "While they will remain members of the royal family, they have lost their official HRH (His/Her Royal Highness) titles." This means that the children of Princess Madeleine and her husband, Christopher O'Neill, and the children of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia will no longer be required to perform royal duties, nor will they be referred to as princes or princesses. It's the end of an era.

    Per an official palace statement, "His Majesty The King has decided on changes to The Royal House." It continued, "His Majesty The King has decided that the children of Their Royal Highnesses Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia, and the children of Her Royal Highness Princess Madeleine and Mr Christopher O'Neill will no longer be members of The Royal House."

    Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Christopher O'Neill with their children—Adrienne, Leonore, and Nicolas—in Stockholm, Sweden, on June 8, 2018.
    Christening of Prince Alexander of Sweden
    Prince Carl Philip, Princess Sofia, and baby Alexander in Stockholm, Sweden, on September 9, 2016.
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    Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry similarly decided against requesting a royal title for Archie upon his birth, instead deciding to raise him without the pressures of being a prince. As a result, Archie carries the surname Mountbatten-Windsor, with BAZAAR's royal editor-at-large Omid Scobie confirming via Twitter that Meghan and Harry's decision was "all part of giving him as normal a life as possible."

    In an Instagram post, Princess Madeleine wrote (per People's translation): "This change has been planned for a long time. Chris and I think it’s good that our children are now getting a greater opportunity to shape their own lives as private individuals in the future.”

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    Her brother, Prince Carl Philip, also wrote on Instagram: "We see this as positive as Alexander and Gabriel will have freer choices in life.”

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