Did Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Refuse a Royal Title for Their Son, Archie?

Last week, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle welcomed a new member of their family, royal baby Archie. Following his official introduction at a Windsor Castle photocall last Wednesday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex took to Instagram to share their son’s name with the world.

“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pleased to announce they have named their first born child: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor,” Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Instagram account shared along with a photo of the newest royal meeting his great-grandma (aka, “Gan Gan”), Queen Elizabeth and great-grandpa, Prince Philip. The photo also included Meghan Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland looking lovingly into her first grandchild’s eyes.

Following Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor’s name announcement, many wondered why the royal baby doesn’t have an official title like his cousins, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. Did Prince Harry and Meghan Markle decline Queen Elizabeth’s offer to make their son a royal prince? Find out, ahead.

Why isn’t Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor a prince?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with their son, Archie Harrison. | DOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP/Getty Images

While Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor is certainly a mouthful, it’s not exactly a royal name — and definitely not an official royal title. Compared to Prince William and Kate Middleton’s children, he is the only royal child (so far) without an official royal title.

However, he’s not Queen Elizabeth’s only great-grandchild without a royal title. Queen Elizabeth’s granddaughter (Princess Anne’s daughter), Zara Tindall’s children, Mia Grace Tindall and Lena Elizabeth Tindall don’t have official royal titles either. That said, Baby Archie is in a bit of a different situation compared to his second cousins.

Did Prince Harry and Meghan Markle refuse a royal title for their son? Not exactly. According to some reports, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex actually gave their blessing for an official royal title once Prince Charles ascends the throne. In the royal family, only the children and grandchildren of the monarch receive prince or princess status, which is why Baby Archie wasn’t born “Prince Archie.”

Although they are her great-grandchildren, Queen Elizabeth countered the rule for Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis likely because of their spot in line to the royal throne. Prince George is currently third in line and will become second in line once his grandfather, Prince Charles ascends the throne. Princess Charlotte is fourth and Prince Louis is fifth, but both will become third and fourth when Prince Charles becomes king.

Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor’s royal title

With their blessing, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s son, Archie could receive a royal title when his grandfather becomes king. But, will Archie receive prince status or will he become a viscount title like Prince Edward’s son, James?

“When Prince Charles becomes king, I have been told they are very happy for him to become ‘Prince Archie.’ that is with their blessing. It’s not a speculative thing, that’s exactly what they will do,” an royal source told Express.

According to the publication, at her age, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle saw no point in making a “fuss” about changing the royal rules so their son could become a prince at birth. Instead, they will wait until Prince Charles ascends the throne to give their son a royal title.


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