Meghan Markle and Prince Harry didn’t want Archie to have ‘Earl’ title – expert

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle didn't want Archie to have the title of 'Earl', instead opting for him to be known simply as Master Archie Harrison Mountbatten Windsor.

After Archie's birth in May 2019, many were wondering if he would receive a royal title.

As he was the firstborn 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 Duke and Duchess of Sussex decided against that reportedly because they wanted their son 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.

He told the 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.”

However, these claims go against what Meghan told Oprah Winfrey during the bombshell interview in March last year.

The actress claimed that Archie didn't have a royal title because the Royal Family didn't want him to have one.

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Meghan told Oprah: “They were saying they didn't want him to be a prince or princess, which would be different from protocol and that he wasn't going to receive security.

"This went on for the last few months of our pregnancy where I was going, hold on for a second."

She continued: “They said [he's not going to get security], because he's not going to be a prince. Okay, well, he needs to be safe – so we're not saying don't make him a prince or princess, but if you're saying the title is what's going to affect that protection, we haven't created this monster machine around us in terms of clickbait and tabloid fodder, you've allowed that to happen, which means our son needs to be safe.”

But the Prince/Princess titles and HRH styling are actually only given to grandchildren of the monarch, as well as the children of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales – meaning Archie isn’t eligible.

The Queen did however change the rules for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge so that all their children could have Royal titles.

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