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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced the name of their baby boy, Archie Harrison, just two days after Meghan Markle gave birth, which was a year ago today on May 6. As Prince Harry’s first-born son, Archie should receive the title Earl of Dumbarton, one of his father’s subsidiary titles.
What is Archie’s surname? Is he a Prince?
Archie Harrison’s last name is Mountbatten-Windsor, the name of his father, grandfather and great grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.
The original family name is Windsor, however, after Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, it was made that Prince Philip’s last name would become part of the official royal surname.
However, Archie is not a Prince thanks to his great-great-grandfather King George V.
Instead, he is known as Master Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
King George V issued a Letters Patent in 1917 that would limit the use of royal titles only to the children and grandchildren of the sovereign in the male line, and the eldest son of the eldest son of the heir.
This means the Queen’s four children are known as princes and princesses, but only the monarch’s sons can pass that title onto her grandchildren.
Under this rule only great-grandchildren of Queen Elizabeth II in the male line, so from Prince Charles downwards, would be called Prince, and referred to as His Royal Highness.
This should have ended with Prince George, who is currently third in line to the throne after his father Prince William and grandfather Prince Charles.
The Queen made an exception in 2013 to extend royal titles to George’s siblings, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
So, although Archie may not be a Prince for now, he could become a prince in the future.
When Charles becomes King, given the original decree made by King George VI, all of his grandchildren are eligible to be called Prince or Princess.
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However, it is unlikely Archie’s parents Harry and Meghan will want him to take that title.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have officially stepped back from life as senior royals.
Prince Edward also decided to break with tradition and turn down the chance to give his children the title of Prince and Princess.
When he married his wife, Sophie, the couple adopted the titles of Earl and Countess of Wessex.
They also chose to give their children the more modest titles of Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex officially stepped down from royal duties earlier this year after a drawn out battle between themselves, the British media and the Royal Family.
They are currently living in California with their son, and have signed a lucrative Netflix deal and are also said to be creating a ‘fly-on-the-wall’ TV show about their lives.
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