Last night, the highly anticipated Meghan Markle and Prince Harry tell-all Oprah interview aired in the US (it’ll be on ITV this evening) and the couple discussed everything from mental health to their secret wedding – and why their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, doesn’t have the title of ‘Prince Archie’. This comes in spite of him being seventh in line to the throne.
Archie’s cousins, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, all have a prince or princess title and up until now, it was believed that Archie was referred to simply as a ‘Master’ because Meghan and Harry wanted their son to have as normal a life as possible.
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It was reported that by birthright (as he’s the firstborn son of a duke), Archie could have adopted the title Earl of Dumbarton but that the couple deliberately declined that moniker, and in any formal statements issued by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, or the Palace, Archie has never been referred to as HRH either.
However, Meghan has now claimed that’s not true and the reason Archie doesn’t have a title is because the royal family didn’t want him to have one. She told Oprah (and the world) that she did want her son to receive a title, as that would’ve afforded him a security team.
“They were saying they didn’t want him to be a prince or princess, which would be different from…