Meghan Markle 'happy' for Archie to not have title says expert
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle “wanted [Archie] to be unencumbered by restrictions” that come with a royal title, Roya Nikkhah has claimed. The Sunday Times Royal Correspondent was speaking to ITV Royal Editor Chris Ship on his documentary, ‘Harry and Meghan: The Week That Shook The Royals’. The feature investigated the impact of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Oprah interview, and, in particular, the allegations of racism related to their son.
Ms Nikkhah told viewers: “I think it was a little bit of a conflation to combine the concerns over the race issue with the titles for Archie and the security.
“Archie will, as things stand, automatically be elevated to be a prince when the Prince of Wales becomes king.
“I was told, when Harry and Meghan announced their pregnancy in 2018 in Australia, that they did not want the Queen to vary the rules to make Archie a prince.
“They were very happy for him not to have a title.”
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She continued: “They wanted him to be unencumbered by restrictions that come with titles.
“And, in fact, that story was born out when he was born.
“The statement that came with it said that he would be styled as ‘Master Archie’.
“That was what the couple wanted at the time.”
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However, Meghan told Oprah that the decision hadn’t been up to her and Harry: “They didn’t want him to be a prince or a princess, which would be different from protocol.
“It was really hard.…This went on for the last few months of our pregnancy.
“I was going, ‘Hold on a second. How does that work? If he’s not gonna be a prince, he needs to be safe.'”
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Meghan did not explicitly confirm that race had played a part in the decision making.
However, she and Harry did accuse the institution of the monarchy of racism.
In response, Buckingham Palace released a statement: “The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan.
“The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. Whilst some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.
“Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much-loved family members.”
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