Archie Harrison title: Meghan and Harry told ‘no chance until Prince Charles takes over’

Meghan Markle 'happy' for Archie to not have title says expert

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry claimed in their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey that they were told that Archie Harrison would not receive a Prince title. She said: “They were saying they didn’t want him to be a prince or princess, which would be different from protocol, and that he wasn’t going to receive security.” However, royal biographer Andrew Morton pointed out the boy would not have been entitled to a title in any case because of current law regulating the assignment of princely styles.

Mr Morton discussed the regulation with podcast hosts Christina Garibaldi and Molly Mulshine on the Royally US.

He said: “Before Archie was born, they made it perfectly clear that they didn’t want a title for him or her because they wanted to let the child decide if they wanted a title.

“Then we get into the whole business of whether or not a member of the Royal Family talked about the colour of Archie’s skin.

“And whether that was graduated, the darker the skin, the less the protection, and the less likely of getting a title.”

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Mr Morton continued: “There was, as they were both well aware of, no chance of getting a title until Prince Charles takes over.

“Their only given the title of Prince or Princess if you’re the son or grandson of the reigning sovereign.

“Archie was the great-grandson of the reigning sovereign.

“He could have taken the title the Earl of Dumbarton, which is an honourary title, but they decided against that.”

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He added: “They decided that the word “dumb” in the word Dumbarton would have been used as mockery when Archie went to school.

“Again, it shows you their sensitivity to an image.”

Instead, Archie is simply referred to as “Master Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.”

Harry and Meghan were given the titles “Duke and Duchess of Sussex,” “Earl and Countess of Dumbarton,” and “Baron and Baroness Kilkeel” by the Queen when they got married. 

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The pair’s daughter, Lilibet, did not have a title included on her birth certificate. 

As the daughter of a Duke, Lili could use Lady before her name, like other younger members of the Royal Family, like Prince Edward’s daughter Lady Louise. 

It is not known if the Duke and Duchess will style Lilibet and Archie as Prince and Princess when Charles becomes King.

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