Royal Family News: What Title Did Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Reject for Son Archie?
Royal Family news reveals that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle turned down a royal title for their son Harry. But what was the title and why reject it? Read on and we’ll give you the low down.
Royal Family News: Only a Few Receive Princely Titles
Royal Family news reveals that, according to Daily Record, in line with royal tradition, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor was to receive the title of Earl of Dumbarton as it is the subordinate style to Harry’s title. Harry’s brother Prince William’s three children are likely to hold some impressive titles just as the Prince of Wales and Princess Royal did.
Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Princess Louis will likely one day hold senior titles such as Princess Royal or Prince of Wales and even the Duke of Cambridge or York. Many of Queen Elizabeth II’s grandchildren will never receive official styles (via Mirror UK).
Delay Could Be about Prince Harry’s Memoir
In the weeks since the Queen’s death, uncertainty has loomed over whether King Charles’s other two grandchildren Archie and Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor will receive royal titles or whether the monarch will go against precedence set by his great-great-grandfather King George V.
Some experts have reportedly suggested that the apparent delay in any official announcement on the matter is being caused by the impending release of Prince Harry’s memoir ‘Spare,’ which purports to offer the world “raw, unflinching honesty” about Harry’s life as a royal.
King Goerge V Set the Precedence
As the Mirror reports, when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s son Archie was born at London’s Portland Hospital in 2019, the world could not have imagined what was to come. Shortly after Archie came into the world, it was revealed that he would be known, officially, as Master Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor instead of Prince Archie of Sussex.
At the time, the justification for this came from the Letters Patent by King George in 1917. In it, the then-monarch wrote that all the children of the sovereign, line of succession grandchildren, and the Prince of Wales’s eldest son would receive princely titles.
Sussexes Reject Title Over How It Might Look
And though circumstances are clearly different now, it was explained at the time that Archie was entitled to receive his father’s subordinate title – an entitlement that his parents rejected over concerns “about how that might look.”
When Prince Harry married Meghan Markle, the Queen made them the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the Earl and Countess of Dumbarton, and the Baron and Baroness of Kilkeel. As such, young Archie was entitled to be styled as the Earl of Dumbarton as it is the subordinate style to his father’s.
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