Will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Son, Archie, Have To Bow To His Cousins George, Charlotte, and Louis?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s baby is just over a week old and already fans have tons of questions and are speculating about his future and place in the royal family. One thing some have wondered about is since he likely won’t ever be the monarch will he have to bow to his cousins Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.

Here’s the answer to that, plus if Archie’s mother actually curtsies to her niece and nephews.

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

How Archie will get along with his royal cousins

Given Archie’s distance from the throne, he will grow up much differently than the Cambridge children. However, despite the differences in their upbringing, Archie is the first cousin George, Charlotte, and Louis will have. Middleton previously spoke about how special that is.

“It’s such a special time to have little kiddies,” she told a fan during a walkabout. “And now a cousin for George, Charlotte, and Louis as well! It’ll be really special.”

As the sons and daughter of two of the most famous princes in the world, they’ll always share a bond that few can understand. And while they’ll likely be very close, many are questioning if Archie will be expected to bow to his royal cousins.

Prince William, Kate Middleton Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis
Prince William, Kate Middleton Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis | Image via kensingtonroyal Instagram

Will he have to bow to George, Charlotte, and Louis?

Because Archie is further down the line of succession than George, Charlotte, and Louis the answer is yes he will have to bow to them at some point unless the queen changes that.

As of right now, Archie does not have a royal title as his full name is styled as Master Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor but his great-grandmother could give him HRH status.

“If the queen allows them to be styled HRH then they will not need to bow to their royal cousins, however, if the Queen doesn’t, then they will be expected to bow or curtsy to princes George, Louis and Princess Charlotte,” Grant Harrold of The Royal Butler told The Express about Markle and Harry’s son and any future children they have, adding, “The royal baby will not be a prince nor a princess unless the queen allows it.”

The publication noted that Prince Charles could also give Archie prince status once he becomes the monarch.

Does Markle have to curtsy to her niece and nephews?

Meghan Markle
Meghan Markle | Ben Birchall – WPA Pool / Getty Images

As for who Archie’s mother has to show the royal sign of respect to, those rules are a little fuzzy.

“Blood princesses” like Anne, Beatrice, and Eugenie, are given precedence over women who have married into the royal family. That would mean Markle would curtsy to them as well as her niece, Charlotte, when she’s a little older and fully understands what’s going on. As for the males, some believe that the duchess is expected to curtsy to anyone who has “Prince” in front of their name which includes her nephews Prince George and Prince Louis.

However, according to Hello!, “members of the British royal family do not bow or curtsy to each other, but [only] to the monarch and other visiting foreign royals.” So Markle will eventually have to curtsy to her brother-in-law and sister-in-law as well as one and possibly all three of their children.

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