After Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s first child was born on May 6 2019, many were wondering if he would receive a Royal title.
As Archie is the first-born son of a duke, he could have assumed the courtesy title of Earl of Dumbarton, as heir to his dad’s Scottish earldom.
But the couple announced he would be known simply as Master Archie Harrison Mountbatten Windsor.
It’s believed that Harry and Meghan deliberately turned down the moniker Earl of Dumbarton because they wanted Archie to have as normal a life as possible.
Sunday Times Royal correspondent Roya Nikkah said on ITV documentary Harry and Meghan: The Week that Shook the Royals: “I was told when Harry and Meghan announced their pregnancy in Australia in 2018 that they did not want the Queen to vary the rules to make Archie a prince.”
She continued: “They were very happy for him not to have a title. They wanted him to be unencumbered by the restrictions that come with titles.”
Meanwhile, according to Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty magazine, it could have been part of his parents’ “wider masterplan” to step back as Royals.
Mr Little told Daily Express: “The fact Archie isn’t Earl of Dumbarton or styled HRH makes me wonder whether this wasn’t already part of a wider masterplan.”
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