Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are "effectively prostituting" the Royal Family to "make more money", according to a critic.

Last week it was confirmed that the Sussexes' children, Archie and Lilibet, are now officially recognised as Prince Archie of Sussex and Princess Lilibet of Sussex.

The 1917 Letters Patent decrees that the grandchildren of a monarch assume those titles, although anyone (or the parents of anyone under 18) can decide not to use them.

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There was contention over whether Harry and Meghan would make that decision following their criticism of the Royal Family.

But a statement confirmed Archie and Lilibet were christened as such at a private ceremony in California, US, with a spokesperson saying it was their "birthright".

Royal commentator Esther Krakue believes that wasn't the only motivation behind the move.

"Most people can't help but think they did this for money," she told Sky News Australia.

"Of course, the couple will dispute that. Reports have come from the Sussexes that they actually just wanted their kids to have their 'birthright'.

"But again, it's Harry's birthright to be a Prince and he's done everything in this power to disparage the institution that has given him this birthright.

"We obviously know that the Sussexes have made a lot of money off their titles, given the fact they had a Netflix documentary, and they had an interview with Oprah, and now Harry's book Spare.

"They are very aware that this wouldn't happen if they weren't members of the Royal Family and didn't have these titles.

"It's also quite disparaging and insulting because they're effectively prostituting their titles and the Royal Family to make more money."

It is now understood that last week's announcement was decided upon by Harry, Meghan and King Charles during a conversion after the Queen's funeral.

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