Title Archie doesnt use because Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were ‘bothered by how it looks’
Prince Harry andMeghan Markle reportedly ‘turned down’ a royal title for their son because they were ‘bothered by the way it looks’.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s upcomingNetflix series and memoir have caused some commentators to speculate on their titles and those that could be given to their children,Archie and Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor.
One expert went as far as to suggest thatKing Charles could strip Harry, 38, and Meghan, 41, of their titles should the documentary and book prove too damaging to The Firm.
The 74 year old monarch could also extend the title ban to Archie, three, and one year old Lilibet,author Tom Bower said.
Royal convention dictates that the Sussexes’ children have the right to be called Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet on King Charles taking the throne – as per King George V’s Letters Patent in 1917.
But it has been reported that Harry fears his father will change the George V convention – meaning the children will not be given the princely titles.
Meanwhile, Harry and Meghan have reportedly already ‘rejected’ one title Archie was entitled to use over fears of how it might look.
At the time of Harry and Meghan’s wedding in 2018, the lateQueen made the couple the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the Earl and Countess of Dumbarton and the Baron and Baroness Kilkeel.
In line with royal tradition, Archie was entitled to be styled as the Earl of Dumbarton, as it is the subsidiary style of his father’s official title. But according to reports, Harry and Meghan didn’t want that title for their son as it contained the word ‘dumb’.
A source toldThe Telegraph: “They didn’t like the idea of Archie being called the Earl of Dumbarton because it began with the word ‘dumb’ [and] they were worried about how that might look.”
Another insider said: “It wasn’t just Meghan who pointed out the potential pitfalls, it also bothered Harry.”
The question marks over Archie and Lilibet’s princely titles remain unresolved, however. George V’s Letters Patent allows grandchildren of the monarch to be styled as a prince or a princess. While many imagined the pair would be given the titles by their grandfather, King Charles, when he acceded to the throne – it is an issue that remains unanswered.
Some commentators believe the delay to any announcement on the subject has been caused by the upcoming release of Prince Harry ’s memoir ‘Spare’ – due outon 10 January next year.
Publisher Penguin Random House said the book would be full of “insight” and “revelation” – told with “raw, unflinching honesty”. The Royal Family are said to be"preparing themselves" for any potential bombshells in the memoir.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Netflix documentary, meanwhile, is to be aired on 8 December,it has officially been announced.
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