Meghan Markle caused a stir when she suggested Archie, her toddler son with Prince Harry, was denied his “birthright” title of prince because he is mixed race.
However, Archie, who is seventh in line to the throne and turns two in May, is not yet entitled to be an HRH or a prince due to rules set out more than 100 years ago by King George V.
In her bombshell interview with US chat show queen Oprah Winfrey, the Duchess of Sussex suggested a member of the royal family had raised concerns to Prince Harry about “how dark” Archie’s skin might be when he was born.
Meghan, who is pregnant with a baby girl, alleged Archie being “too brown” would be a problem for her in-laws – but refused to name the Royal Family member who had the conversation with Harry.
She said she believed these concerns had led to Archie being denied his “birthright” title of prince, the Mirror reports.
Any decision not to make Archie Mountbatten-Windsor a prince would go against convention claimed Meghan, who expressed shock at being told he would not get security and the idea of him “not being safe”.
She wanted him to have the title so he could have police protection. The Duchess of Sussex shared her upset at the “idea of the first member of colour in this family, not being titled in the same way that other grandchildren would be”.
“It’s not their right to take it away,” she added. Oprah asked in the televised tell-all: “Do you think it’s because of his race? I know that’s a loaded question.”