Meghan Markle and Harry: Expert discusses possible baby names
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Prince Harry, 36, and Meghan Markle, 39, announced they were pregnant with their second child in February and last month revealed they were expecting a girl during their exclusive interview with Oprah Winfrey. Despite Meghan and Harry’s withdrawal from royal life they have kept their Duke and Duchess of Sussex titles and their daughter could be known as a ‘Lady.’
Meghan and Harry’s son Archie Harrison will be two on May 6 and following his parents’ departure from the Firm is unlikely to ever be a working royal.
Soon after Archie’s birth in 2019, Meghan and Harry confirmed he would not take a royal title despite being entitled to his father’s Earl of Dumbarton peerage.
During her interview with Oprah, Meghan aired her distress at Archie not being granted an HRH style and Prince title from birth – something only the Queen’s grandchildren, and not great-grandchildren, automatically receive.
The Duchess explained how she feared for her son not getting a title because it meant he wouldn’t be entitled to state-funded security provided to senior royals.
Meghan said: “No, no, no. Look, because if he’s not going to be a prince, it’s like, OK, well, he needs to be safe, so we’re not saying don’t make him a prince or a princess — whatever it’s going to be . . .
“But if you’re saying the title is what’s going to affect their protection, we haven’t created this monster machine around us in terms of clickbait and tabloid fodder.
“You’ve allowed that to happen, which means our son needs to be safe.”
However, sources have said their daughter would automatically become a lady – the same title that Harry’s mother had, being known as Lady Diana Spencer prior to her marriage to Prince Charles.
Garter Principal King of Arms Thomas Woodcock said: “Any daughter would automatically, as the daughter of a Duke, be Lady and then her Christian name…and then Mountbatten-Windsor.”
But despite the revelations in Harry and Meghan’s Oprah interview, it seems highly unlikely they will make their daughter a ‘Lady’ when they haven’t made Archie a ‘Lord.’
Archie and his little sister may not have HRH styles and titles from birth but they will become a prince and princess when their grandfather Prince Charles becomes king.
Constitutional expert Iain MacMarthanne explained: “As with any child of the Duke of Sussex, they will have, upon the accession of Prince Charles, and unless George V’s Letters Patent of 1917 have been amended, the right to use the style HRH and the title Princess or Prince.”
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Mr MacMarthanne added: “Despite calls being made for the duke to be stripped of his titles, the fact remains he was born a Prince and it is by this fact that any children he may have will derive their own royal status.
“Unless changes are made through parliamentary statute, Letters Patent, or discretionary action this fact will remain unaltered as will the consequences of it.
“Presently there is no modern-day precedent for stripping a person born with royal style and title of same.
“At the time of Edward VIII’s abdication it was determined that whilst he might abdicate as King-Emperor, it was not competent to conclude that he could ‘abdicate’ his royal status, this fact was evidenced in him reverting to being HRH Prince Edward, before being created Duke of Windsor.”
Harry returned to the UK for Prince Philip’s funeral without his heavily pregnant wife who was not given medical clearance to fly.
Meghan is expected to give birth in early June, a matter of weeks before Harry is due back in Britain for an important royal event.
Harry and his brother Prince William are due to unveil a new statue of their late mother Princess Diana in the gardens at Kensington Palace on July 1.
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