Royal title rules explained as Meghan claims Archie denied Prince ’birthright’

After Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s son was born on May 6 2019, it was announced his title would be Master Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

At the time it was reported Archie wouldn’t be a prince because Harry and Meghan wanted their son to have aa “normal” a life as possible.

It was reported that by birthright Archie could have taken the title Earl of Dumbarton, but that the couple deliberately turned down the name.

But now, in a tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey, Meghan suggested the institution of the monarchy didn’t want her and Harry’s child to have a title.

Meghan said she would have wanted her son to have a title, because that would have afforded him a security team.

The Duchess of Sussex claimed: “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.”

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She explained further: “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.”

The Duchess went on to say they were not given a suitable explanation as to why they didn’t want Archie to have a title.

At the same time Meghan told Oprah that “concerns” had been raised to Harry about “how dark” Archie's skin colour would be when he was born.

Why isn’t Archie a prince?

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Archie isn’t automatically entitled to a prince title because of rules set down by King George V more than 100 years ago.

Royal expert Robert Jobson explained: “According to a 1917 letters of patent issued by King George V, the title of HRH Prince or Princess passed to 'the children of any Sovereign of the United Kingdom and the children of the sons of any such Sovereign'. Both Harry and Meghan know this.

"Archie, on the other hand, did not qualify to become a prince automatically."

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Originally it was only Prince George, as a great-grandson of the monarch, that would originally be entitled to the title Prince.

But the Queen stepped in ahead of his birth to issue a Letters Patent to ensure all of the Cambridge children would have titles.

Extended members of the Royal Family also don’t have automatic rights to police security.

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This is a matter for the family, the Home Office and the Metropolitan police to discuss. Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice no longer have security paid for by the taxpayer.

Despite not having a Royal title, Archie is still seventh in line to the throne, one behind his father Harry.

When Archie’s grandfather, Prince Charles, eventually becomes King, Archie will automatically become a prince.

That would mean Archie would become His Royal Highness Prince Archie, the same title his cousins George, Charlotte and Louis currently have.

However, in the interview with Oprah, Meghan said: “Even with that convention, they said, ‘I want to change the convention for Archie.’ Well, why?”.

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