Archie Harrison Will Have to Make a Major Decision About Royal Life When He Turns 18
When Archie Harrison was born in May 2019, his parents – Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex – chose not to give him any royal titles. Instead, they named him Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. Harry and Meghan want their son to have a private, relatively normal childhood. But when Archie turns 18, the decision about his future as a royal will be solely up to him.
Archie Harrison was entitled to be an Earl when he was born
As Time Magazine notes, when Harry and Meghan announced their baby’s name to the world they did not include an honorary title. However, Archie Harrison was entitled to be the Earl of Dumbarton when he was born.
Royal expert Marlene Koenig says there is only one reason that Archie is not known as an Earl. It’s simply because Harry and Meghan wanted it that way.
“This is just their attitude that they want a normal life for their children,” Koenig said after Archie’s birth.
Archie Harrison is currently seventh in line to the crown, which technically makes him a senior member of the royal family. However, Koenig says he will never have royal engagements, duties, or patronages.
But, that could change if Archie desires to live a royal life. He will have the power to make those decisions for himself when he becomes an adult.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s son has multiple titles available to him — if he wants them
Despite his parents’ decision to step down as senior working royals, Archie Harrison doesn’t have to follow in their footsteps. According to Express, the young royal could actually receive numerous titles when he becomes an adult.
Archie could opt to use the title of Prince, along with an HRH (His Royal Highness) title. If he chooses the HRH title, he would be known as His Royal Highness Prince Archie of Sussex.
“Archie could technically use his father’s lesser titles now,” a Debrett spokesperson said.
They added that there’s no reason why Archie wouldn’t inherit his father’s titles after Harry’s death. But, whether or not he decides to take them remains to be seen.
The spokesperson also pointed out that Prince Charles or Prince William could give Archie his own title when one of them becomes king. This could happen if Archie decides to “work for the family firm.”
Archie Harrison will have a major decision to make when he turns 18
Harry and Meghan have made it clear that a big factor in their Megxit decision was their desire for their family to have “a more peaceful life.”
Archie Harrison will have an entirely different upbringing in America compared to his cousins in London. But, as Express points out, when he turns 18 he could choose the royal life that his parents left behind.
“Archie will undoubtedly have an egalitarian upbringing. Yet one day he will succeed to the Dukedom of Sussex,” royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams explained.
As an HRH by birth, Archie will automatically become a prince when Prince Charles becomes king. When that happens, Archie Harrison will be sixth in line to the throne. He can choose to become a prince and use his HRH title. But, Fitzwilliams says he is “highly unlikely” to use it.
“As for being Duke of Sussex however much they may discourage the use of a title for Archie when young, the day will come when that choice will be his,” Fitzwilliams says.