The Royal Family Missed a Major Opportunity By Not Allowing Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Son to Become a Prince

Meghan Markle is fresh from her bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, and while the world waits for the royal family to react, fans are diving deep into the specifics of what Markle revealed in the two-hour interview. While Markle talked about a wide variety of topics, including how she and Prince Harry actually celebrated their wedding to the story of how they set about creating a new life in California. One of the top stories has been about how the royal family reportedly treated Markle and Prince Harry’s son, Archie Harrison. As Markle detailed, not only did some of the royal family’s top members have concerns about her son’s race, but there were issues with his royal rank as well. 

(L-R) Meghan Markle smiling and Prince Harry holding baby Archie
(L-R) Meghan Markle and Prince Harry | Dominic Lipinski/Getty Images

Meghan Markle’s explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey

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On the evening of March 7th, 2021, a groundbreaking interview aired, with Oprah Winfrey and the ex-senior royals Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. The couple, in their first major televised interview since stepping down as senior working royals, revealed a slew of unflattering details about life within the royal family, including the months leading up to their wedding and the year after they were married. Meghan Markle admitted that the British tabloid press made her life as a royal a nightmare and that at one point, she even considered suicide.

Prince Harry and Markle talked about their breaking point, detailing how, after Markle gave birth to Archie Harrison in May 2019, that they knew they needed to step away from full-time royal life for good. It was Markle’s pregnancy with Archie that caused even more serious issues to form in the couple’s relationship with the royals — eventually contributing to their big exodus. 

What did Meghan Markle reveal about the royal family’s relationship with Archie Harrison?

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Meghan Markle identifies as a mixed-race woman, and her pregnancy with Archie signaled a major turning point in the history of the royal family. Her child with Prince Harry would be the first mixed-race member of the British monarchy at that level, and while millions of royal fans around the world rejoiced for the bold new direction, according to Markle, the royal family was more reserved.

According to Yahoo, in the interview, Markle told Oprah Winfrey that the royal family had “concerns and conversations” about what her baby’s skin color would be, prior to his birth. Additionally, she revealed that the royal family didn’t want Archie Harrison to have a title or the security detail that comes with the title. While Markle did not reveal which members of the royal family had those difficult conversations with her and Prince Harry, her revelations are shocking nonetheless. 

The royal family missed a major opportunity in regard to Archie

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As the royal family reels in response to Meghan Markle’s interview, fans are debating the way that the royal family reportedly treated Archie Harrison. Increasingly, fans are seeing the story about Archie as a deeply missed opportunity. As Markle explained in her interview with Winfrey, she was upset at the royal family taking away Archie’s princely title, saying that she was upset at the idea of “the first member of color in this family not being titled in the same way that other grandchildren would be. It’s not their right to take away,” according to The Guardian

Notably, if Markle’s words are true, it would be a missed opportunity for the British royal family — both in terms of public image and in the advancement of the monarchy. Making Archie Harrison a prince would not only signal that the royal family is ready for a new direction, but it would have served as a way to repair the fractured relationship between Markle and the royals. Unfortunately, all of that is water under the bridge now, as Markle and Prince Harry live out their new lives in California.