Prince Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah Winfrey left many observers of the British royal family puzzling over one question: Why doesn’t their son Archie have the title of prince?
Meghan, who married Harry in 2018, said she was shocked to discover while she was pregnant that Archie would not get the title of prince or any associated security.
“They were saying they didn’t want him to be a prince or a princess — not knowing what the gender would be — which would be different from protocol,” Meghan said.
Meghan expressed concern over “the idea of our son not being safe, and also the idea of the first member of color in this family not being titled in the same way that other grandchildren would be.”
Under existing convention, Archie could be named a prince should his grandfather, Prince Charles, ascend the throne, since children and male-line grandchildren of the king or queen receive the title of prince or princess. But Queen Elizabeth II made exceptions for Prince William’s offspring, announcing years ago that they would all be princes and princesses.
According to Meghan, it’s possible Archie would not be afforded either opportunity to become prince, based on conversations that she said took place while she was pregnant.
Asked by Winfrey if she thought Archie’s mixed race was a reason he didn’t get the title, Meghan said there were “also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born.”
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