Does baby Archie have a royal title? – The SunMarch 8, 2021
MEGHAN Markle has criticised the Royal family for "taking away" her son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor's "birthright" to be a prince.
In a frank – and shocking – interview with Oprah Winfrey, the Duchess of Sussex claimed the decision not to give him a title went against convention.
What is Archie's official title?
When Archie was born in 2019, it was reported that Meghan and Harry chose not to use a courtesy title for their new boy.
Instead, he is simply known as Master Archie after his parents decided not to give him one of the Duke of Sussex's lesser titles, the Earl of Dumbarton.
This signalled the couple wanted their child to be a “private citizen”.
However, the Duchess of Sussex revealed to Oprah Winfrey in March 2021 that she was upset over a lack of title for Archie.
She alleged that Buckingham Palace actively tried to alter the rules so that when Prince Charles becomes king, that Archie isn't made a prince.
Meghan also suggested that the royal family changed its rules to refuse Archie the title of "prince" because of his skin colour.
She said she was upset at the "idea of the first member of colour in this family not being titled in the same way that other grandchildren would be".
"It's not their right to take it away," Meghan added.
Oprah Winfrey asked in the televised tell-all: "Do you think it's because of his race? I know that's a loaded question."
Meghan replied: "In those months when I was pregnant, all around this same time, so we (had) the conversation of he won't be given security, he's not going to be given a title.
"And also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he's born."
The palace has not as yet commented on her explosive allegations.
But Archie was not entitled to be a prince because of rules set down by King George V more than 100 years ago.
And being a prince or princess does not automatically mean royals have police protection.
Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie's security – for example – is no longer paid for by the taxpayer.
The Monarch's grandchildren automatically get an HRH title, and Prince or Princess titles.
Because of the Queen's long reign and extended family, Archie is too far removed from the throne to be a prince.
But he will be automatically entitled to gain an HRH title and become a prince when his grandfather, Prince Charles, becomes king.
Until then, he will not have HRH or any titles, in line with current rules.
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Interestingly, Meghan and Harry's baby boy will not be called His Royal Highness – thanks to his great-great-grandparent.
King George V introduced a rule in 1917 which means their baby would need special permission from the Queen to become a HRH.
Only the eldest son of the Queen's first born, Prince Charles, is entitled to be a HRH – no younger sons or daughters.
But in December 2012, before Prince William and Kate Middleton had their first born Prince George, the Queen used the Letters Patent so she could give all of their children an HRH title.
This is because George is in line for the throne, and the Queen had to intervene to also give the title to Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
The Letters Patent is a method that allows the sovereign to give orders without involving Parliament.
Archie is seventh in line to the throne, behind his dad.
He will remain ahead of any other children Harry and Meghan have in the future, again regardless of gender.
Their son is the Queen's eighth great-grandchild.
Meghan and Harry are expecting their second child in 2021.
When was Archie born?
Meghan gave birth to a healthy boy, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, at 5.26am on May 6, 2019.
Meghan and Harry beamed as they introduced their "amazing" baby boy to the world.
The new parents appeared tired but ecstatic as they cradled their infant, with giddy bearded dad Harry joking his son "already has facial hair".
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's low-key announcement at Windsor Castle was in stark contrast to Kate Middleton and Prince William's post-birth experiences, which saw hundreds of photographers snapping pictures of their three children hours after they were born.
And the Sussexes kept Archie swaddled in a white blanket and hat as they described their little boy.
New mum Meghan, then aged 37, stunned in a white dress as she stood by grinning new dad Prince Harry, then aged 34, who cradled their little boy.
She gushed over her little boy, saying: "It's magic.
"It's pretty amazing. I have the best two guys in the world, so I'm really happy."
And she said that the infant already had the "sweetest temperament" – adding "he's the dream".
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex released their baby son's birth certificate, showing that Meghan was listed as a "princess".
Archie's birth was registered on Friday, May 17, 2019, revealing the couple had their baby at London's Portland Hospital, a private hospital favoured by celebrities wanting a money-no-object birthing experience.
The birth certificate also showed Meghan may have been born a commoner but is now a "Princess of the United Kingdom" as far as her occupation was concerned.
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