Meghan and Harry ‘would’ve known’ about HRH title says expert
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Vanity Fair royal editor Katie Nicholl was dumbfounded when Meghan Markle appeared to insinuate that her son Archie would not be given the title of prince because of issues surrounding the colour of his skin. Meghan explained that Prince Charles’s desire for a “slimmed-down monarchy” means conventions would change so Archie may never become prince when Charles ascends the throne. But Ms Nicholl could not believe that Prince Harry or Meghan were not aware of the 1917 letters patent which clearly sets out how titles are distributed.
Under the 1917 letters patent – which are essentially statues from ruling monarchs – great-grandchildren of the monarch would no longer be princes or princesses, except for the eldest son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales.
In this case, Prince William’s eldest Prince George became prince automatically whereas his siblings and Archie did not.
However, the Queen extended the use of HRH titles to the rest of Prince William’s children in 2012.
Archie would become prince once Charles becomes king since he would then become a grandchild of the ruling monarch but Meghan appeared to suggest otherwise.
Ms Nicholl discussed Meghan’s disappointment that her son would not get the title of prince on the True Royalty podcast.
She said: “Meghan would have known [that this was for an established constitutional reason] and Harry would definitely have known.
“I think it was disingenuous to throw all this together and suggest that Archie wasn’t a Prince because of the colour of his skin. I think it was misleading.”
During her sit-down with Oprah Winfrey, Meghan claimed there were “concerns” over Archie’s skin tone.
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She also explained that the decision to have Archie without a title when he was born was “not their decision to make”.
At the time, it was reported the couple did not want to make Archie a prince by choice because they wanted him to live a normal life.
Now, Meghan revealed that if it would mean her son was safe – as he would be granted protection – then would push for him to be titled prince.
She said during her interview: “They were saying they didn’t want him to be a prince or princess, which would be different from protocol, and that he wasn’t going to receive security.
“This went on for the last few months of our pregnancy where I was going, hold on for a second.
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“They said [he’s not going to get security], because he’s not going to be a prince.
“Okay, well, he needs to be safe, we’re not saying don’t make him a prince or princess, but if you’re saying the title is what’s going to affect that protection.”
As the son of a Duke, Archie could have adopted the title of the Earl of Dumbarton but this has been refused by the couple.
It comes as the Royal Family has come under tough scrutiny after the claims made by Prince Harry and Meghan during their Oprah interview.
Prince Harry claimed he was “trapped” in the family and that Prince Charles and William feel the same way.
Buckingham Palace responded to the racism allegations made by Meghan Markle and said: “The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan.
“The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. Whilst some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.
“Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much-loved family members.”
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