Is This the Real Reason Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Son, Archie Isn’t a Prince?

Last week, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle became first-time parents to a baby boy named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. The royal baby was born on Monday, May 6, 2019, at 5:26 A.M. BST. and, following his arrival, Prince Harry met with the press outside of Windsor Estate to share the exciting news with the public.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's son Archie
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s son, Archie isn’t a prince | DOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP/Getty Images

At the time, the new parents had yet to decide on a name. “Still thinking about names. The baby’s a little bit overdue so we’ve had a little bit of time to think about it, but yeah — that’s the next bit,” he noted. Following his insight, many believed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle would announce their son’s name at their first official photocall on Wednesday, May 8th. However, the two decided to wait until after the introduction and took to Instagram to share it with fans and followers first.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s son’s name

“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pleased to announce they have named their first born child: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor,” their official account confirmed alongside an adorable photo of the newest royal meeting his great-grandparents, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.

Upon their announcement, some were surprised. Not only did Prince Harry and Meghan Markle choose a seemingly non-royal name, but Baby Archie doesn’t have an official royal title either. Instead, they gave their son the royal family’s last name, Mountbatten-Windsor, which distinguishes Prince Philip (Mountbatten) and Queen Elizabeth’s (Windsor) descendants from other members of the royal family.

Why Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor doesn’t have a royal title

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have not confirmed the exact reason why their son doesn’t have an official royal title. However, one royal rule might have prevented him from becoming a prince.

According to royal family title rules, “prince” and “princess” status only belongs to the children and grandchildren of the monarch. However, Queen Elizabeth made an exception to this rule for Prince William and Kate Middleton’s children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.

Why didn’t she do the same for Baby Archie? It’s possible that she did and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle declined her offer. After all, they want to raise their children in a normal setting and encourage them to pursue careers and lives outside of the royal family. Having “prince” tacked onto their son’s name doesn’t exactly that cause. However, one royal expert notes that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex actually gave their blessing for a future royal title.

In addition, she might have only allowed Prince William and Kate Middleton’s children to receive such status because of their place in line to the British throne. Right now, Prince George holds the number three spot. And, when his grandfather, Prince Charles becomes king, he will hold his dad’s number two spot — which means Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis will be close behind as the number three and four spots (right now, they are number four and five).

Will Archie ever receive a royal title?

While Buckingham Palace has yet to confirm Archie’s royal title details, Express reports that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex gave their blessing for Archie to become a prince when his grandfather, Prince Charles ascends the throne. If that’s the case, this blessing falls in line with the royal title protocol and doesn’t require the queen to make exceptions to the rules (although she likely would if Prince Harry and Meghan Markle requested it).


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