When Meghan Markle and Prince Harry revealed their baby son’s name back in 2019, many royal fans were confused as to why he wasn’t Prince Archie.
Instead of having a HRH title like his parents and cousins Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, he instead has the surname Mountbatten-Windsor.
Before he was born, Meghan and Harry’s spokesman said the couple made the decision not to give their son a title, with sources believing they hoped not having one would allow Archie to have a more ‘normal’ life.
Harry’s cousins, Princess Anne’s children Peter and Zara, have spoken of the benefits of not having a HRH as it allows them to work and earn their own money, which is what the Sussexes want to do.
Speaking to the Times in 2015, Zara said: “I’m very lucky that both my parents decided to not use the title and we grew up and did all the things that gave us the opportunity to do.”
However, in her interview with Oprah Winfrey Meghan claimed race was a factor in Archie not being made a prince.
But Craig Prescott, one of the country’s most respected constitutional lawyers, confirms that the lack of title is in line with the law.
He told the Mirror: “It is very clear Archie, or indeed any of the Sussexes’ children would not have the right to be a prince or princess as the duchess has suggested.