What Will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Son Archie’s Title Be When Prince Charles Becomes King?

For months royal fans and experts had the same question of if Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were going to have a boy or girl. Once the public learned that they had a son, the next thing everyone wondered about is what his name would be. Then, one week ago, the couple revealed that they named him Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor but we still have more questions.

The thing people want to know now is if the royal baby will ever have a title like his cousins Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. Well, Archie could get a regal one when his grandfather, Prince Charles, becomes. Here’s what that title will be and the reason the Duke and Duchess of Sussex may not want it.

Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor
Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor | Dominic Lipinski/AFP/Getty Images

What his title could be when Prince Charles is king

Archie does not have a title at the moment. His parents could have chosen
Earl of Dumbarton, which is one of Harry’s subsidiary titles, but instead opted to just have his name styled as Master Archie Mountbatten-Windsor. However, he will be eligible for another royal title when his grandfather ascends the throne.

Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty magazine spoke to People and explained that “As the grandchildren of the Sovereign they have the right to be upgraded to the style of His or Her Royal Highness. But that begs a question of whether Harry and Meghan want that.”

Prince Charles
Prince Charles | Hugo Burnand-Pool/Getty Images

Why Markle and Prince Harry may decline that

While Archie could use the “prince” title when Charles is king, there is some doubt that he ever will. That’s because it’s believed that his parents want him to grow up as more of a private citizen.

“Archie will be able to use the title of HRH Prince when Charles becomes king,” royal historian Carolyn Harris told Town & Country. “But it is possible that he will not use this title. Archie will not be able to pass the title of prince or princess to his children as they will be another generation removed from the sovereign, but the title of Duke of Sussex will pass to Prince Harry’s male-line descendants.”

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, and baby Archie
Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, and baby Archie | Dominic Lipinski – WPA Pool/Getty Images

If the duke and duchess decline that HRH title for their son though they wouldn’t be the first to do so. That’s exactly what Harry’s uncle, Prince Edward, and his wife, Sophie, decided on so their kids could have as normal of an upbringing as they possibly can.

“I don’t think that Baby Sussex will be a Royal Highness at any time in [his] life,” Little said. “And why do they need to be? With the immediate core of working royals this child or [future] children are not going to be working members of the royal family, so why lumber them with the HRH.”

Another royal who declined any titles for her children because she wanted them to lead more private lives is Princess Anne. Although her son and daughter were not eligible for titles when they were born Queen Elizabeth II offered to give them courtesy titles but the Princess Royal declined.

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