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As gossip reports will tell you, the Sussexes and the Cambridges (Prince William and Kate Middleton) are at war. Recently things escalated when Markle and Prince Harry failed to use Prince George’s full honorific when wishing him happy birthday in an Instagram comment.
What royal watchers wanted the couple to do was refer to him as “His Royal Highness, or HRH Prince George of Cambridge.”
What they did write was, "Happy Birthday! Wishing you a very special day and lots of love!"
So, who’s right? The royal watchers or Prince Harry and Markle?
Personal Space turned to Britain's leading royal expert William Hanson who explained:
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are relatives of Prince George and so are entitled to drop the styling of Prince in their communication with him," he said.
He also noted the couple is already known to have a bit more of a relaxed style when it comes to being royals.
“The couple’s Instagram has already been noted for its lightness in tone and more relaxed nature with the captions than with other royal social media accounts and their posts continue to reflect this,” Hanson said.
But that doesn’t apply to everyone. In fact, it can be considered disrespectful in the U.K. if you walk around calling him George.
“For everyone else, the correct form with Prince George is to refer to him as such, and in direct conversation as ‘Your Royal Highness,’” explained Hanson, who added, “There is no need to say ‘Sir’ at the moment as he is a minor.”
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