While the newborn was eligible to become the count of Dumbarton, royal experts Fox News told the 37-year-old former American actress and the 34-year-old British royal family wanted their son to lead a normal life.
Royal commentator Victoria Arbiter pointed out that, although many expected Archie to officially become a prince because of his father’s title, he was not actually eligible for the title.
“In this case, the baby was not eligible for a princely title due to the 1917 Letters Patent,” she explained. “I think most people expected the baby to take the title of count, but Harry and Meghan have chosen to abandon all titles in an attempt to live their child as normally as possible. He is legally eligible to count, but they have chosen not to use it. “
Harper’s Bazaar reported that Archie did not receive a royal title at birth due to
The letter patent, adopted by King George V in 1917, reads in part, as reported by Harper’s Bazaar:
“… the grandchildren of the sons of such a Sovereign in the direct male line (except only the oldest living son of the oldest son of the Prince of Wales) will in all occasions have the style and title that the children of Dukes enjoyed of these Our Realms. “
The outlet told that Archie’s cousins, Princes George and Louis, as well as Princess Charlotte, received prince and princess titles because they are the children of Prince William, who is the son of Charles, the Prince of Wales, also known as the crown prince . Therefore, the only way William’s younger brother Harry can get a title for his son is when his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, enters.
“From a technical point of view, Archie would be eligible to become a prince as the sovereign’s grandson when Charles becomes king,” Arbiter said. “But those are ways to the future. And depending on when Charles becomes king, he can change the Letter Patent or Archie’s parents can say,” We want our child to stay the same. ” It is certainly possible that he can become HRH if Charles becomes king. “
However, Arbiter said that it is very likely that Harry and Markle wanted their son to have a sense of freedom and independence that did not come with wearing a royal title.
“He will simply be known as Master Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor,” she explained. “That gives him a better chance of a normal life. Who knows what the future holds, because one day his grandfather will be king. But it just takes the pressure away. There is not so much expectation. He gets normal. “
Royal expert Marlene Koenig said she is not surprised that Archie has no official title.
“He gets a life of privileges and certainly a responsibility, but not in the same way as his cousin George and his siblings,” said Koenig. “He will have much more independence. [And the parents of Archie] are going to do their own thing in the context of what would be allowed.”
Many have wondered the meaning behind the name Archie. Some have speculated that the name was a nod to Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana of Wales. According to Closer Weekly, Archie shares his name with Archibald Campbell, 9th Earl of Argyll, the head of Clan Campbell. Archibald was a Scottish nobleman, politician and noble and a remarkable ancestor of Diana.
However, the arbitrator emphasized that it is only speculation.
“I think that’s a lot,” she said. “I think people are looking for connections. I really think in this situation, it was a name that they liked and that matched their son. It is of German origin and means” real brace. “But as far as I know “There is no connection on both sides. I think this is just a name they liked. And if you don’t have a title, there is more freedom with names. There was much more freedom for Harry and Meghan to make choices.” who they think would be the best for their family and the most suitable for their child. There is certainly much more freedom that comes without a title. “
As for Harrison, Koenig said that name has a very special meaning – son of Harry. Koenig also shared that while Markle and Harry did not need the Queen’s permission to go with a name like Archie, she might have wanted her great-grandchild to have a title.
“The queen may be disappointed, but she is quite open-minded in having members of her family some leeway,” she explained. “She also understands that change is good for a monarchy. And there have been countless changes over the years … She loves her grandson and knows what it means to be royal. She knows that he is good at his children is going to educate.
“Duty will still remain important for [Harry and Markle],” Koenig added. “You will see [their son], but he will never do royal pursuits.”
Nevertheless, the future looks bright for the famous baby.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pleased to announce that they have named their first child: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor,” the new parents wrote on Instagram.
“This afternoon their Royal Highnesses presented Her Majesty the Queen to her eighth great-grandchild at Windsor Castle, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Duchess’s mother were also present for this special occasion.”
Although Mountbatten-Windsor is a surname used by some members of the royal family, the couple did not disclose why they chose the name Archie in particular.
Oddsmakers previously claimed that Alexander was the first choice, followed by Arthur – one of the middle names of Prince Charles – for the first name of Prince Harry‘s oldest son and Duchess Meghan.
Other second prize winners were Philip, after Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh – the husband of Queen Elizabeth II.
Spencer was also speculated for a name as a tribute to Prince Harry’s beloved late mother, Princess Diana.
Markle and Harry showed their son outside their home at Windsor Castle for the first time on Wednesday morning, but did not reveal his name, in line with their desire to protect their privacy during Meghan’s pregnancy and the birth of the baby.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were delighted at the birth of Archie Harrison.
“It’s magic! It’s really great, I have the two best guys in the world, so I’m really happy,” said Markle, dressed in a dress with white buttons and double row of buttons, said Wednesday morning.
“He’s got some facial hair too,” Harry joked, holding his son, to the press.
Markle said the baby boy had the “sweetest temperament,” stumbling, “He’s really calm, it’s only been a dream, it’s been a special number of days.”