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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle make desperate bid to ‘stay relevant’

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been called out for desperately trying to maintain their “relevance” by giving their two kids royal titles. Princess Lilibet Diana and Prince Archie Harrison officially gained their royal titles when King Charles III took his seat on the throne, but the Sussexes publicly used Lili’s title for the first time on Wednesday as they announced her christening.

TalkRADIO royal correspondent Rupert Bell questioned Meghan and Harry’s plans to attend King Charles’s Coronation.

He told TalkTV: “I think they’re just trying to maintain their relevance. They still see themselves as part of the Royal Family yet the Royal Family doesn’t really want anything to do with them now.

“We’ve got the Coronation coming up and there’s still the will they, won’t they debate going on.

“If they’re going to come, where are they going to be seated? The Royal Family don’t want to talk to them so it’s whatever happens when they turn up.”

It comes as Archie and Lili are now listed on Buckingham Palace’s line of succession page as Prince Archie of Sussex and Princess Lilibet of Sussex.

Previously they were Master Archie Mountbatten-Windsor and Miss Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor.

The siblings are sixth and seventh in line to the throne, having already moved up a place each after the death of the late Queen Elizabeth II.

A spokesperson for Harry and Meghan said the decision to use the titles had been “settled for some time in alignment with Buckingham Palace”.

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They added: “The children’s titles have been a birthright since their grandfather became monarch.

“This matter has been settled for some time in alignment with Buckingham Palace.”

Lili, who is 21 months old, was christened in an intimate ceremony at the Sussexes’ family home in California on Friday, watched by her grandmother Doria Ragland and celebrity godfather Tyler Perry.

The King, the Queen Consort and the Prince and Princess of Wales were reportedly invited but did not attend.

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The “alignment” on the titles has given rise to suggestions Harry and Meghan will attend the King’s coronation in May, which also falls on Archie’s fourth birthday.

Bookmakers Coral said the Sussexes were now odds-on at 4-6 to witness the historic spectacle, flip-flopping from 4-6 to not attend before the titles announcement.

A Coral spokesman said: “Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are being tight-lipped about their attendance at King Charles III’s coronation in May.

“Our betting suggests the couple will attend and take their seats for the official ceremony at Westminster Abbey on May 6.

“We think this could be an olive branch towards the couple from Buckingham Palace.”

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