How Archie Harrison Could Be Set Free From His ‘Royal Burden’ When Prince Charles Becomes King
When Archie Harrison was born in May 2019, his parents – Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex – refused to give him a royal title. Instead, they chose to raise him as a private citizen, and they named him Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. However, when Queen Elizabeth passes, everything changes for young Archie despite his parents’ wishes.
Archie Harrison will have big decisions to make when he turns 18
Since announcing their decision to step down as senior royals, Harry and Meghan have started a whole new life. They moved with their son to the United States. And, they recently purchased a home in the exclusive Montecito neighborhood of Santa Barbara, California.
Harry says he wants a “more peaceful life” for his family. He and Meghan have also expressed their desire to give Archie Harrison a normal upbringing. But, according to Express, the royal title choice will ultimately be Archie’s when he turns 18.
Archie is currently seventh in line to the British throne. He was automatically an HRH (His Royal Highness) upon birth, even though Harry and Meghan didn’t include the title on his birth certificate.
Archie also automatically becomes a prince when his grandfather, Prince Charles, ascends to the throne. His place in the line of succession will also shift to sixth, and that will subject him to a whole new set of royal rules.
The royal rules changed in 2013
British Parliament made some major changes to the royal rules with the 2013 Succession to the Crown Act. Before the new law was put in place, all royal family members were required to ask the presiding sovereign for permission to marry.
But the 2013 update changed this requirement to only the first six in line to the throne. Archie Harrison will be in the top six when Queen Elizabeth dies and Charles becomes king. However, he will fall back down in line if and when Prince George has children. Of course, it will be years before Archie Harrison chooses whether or not to use his royal status.
“It is anticipated that Archie will be brought up in America and he may well broadly have an outlook which shares the views of his parents,” royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams says. “They place more importance on what they see as independence than on the trappings of royalty.”
Will Prince Charles free Archie Harrison from his ‘royal burden’?
When Prince Charles becomes king, the current rules dictate that Archie Harrison will automatically become a prince. He will also have the option to use the HRH title, but many believe he is unlikely to use it.
According to Express, Prince Charles could completely free his grandson from his “royal burden” by changing the law when he becomes king. Constitutional expert Iain MacMarthanne told the outlet that current law says Archie will automatically become HRH Prince Archie of Sussex upon the death of the queen, whether he wants to use the title or not.
Finding Freedom authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durant claim that Harry and Meghan took their concerns to Prince Charles. They want Archie Harrison to choose his own path. And, Charles told the concerned parents that he would consider issuing a new letters patent when he becomes king.
“To not have a senior role in the royal family but have a title is just a burden,” explained the source.