It was revealed on Valentine’s Day that Prince Harry and Megan Markle are currently expecting their second child. This caused questions to be raised, including whether the new baby will have a royal title.
After a recent interview that the couple had with Oprah, this particular question became more important as Meghan claimed the Firm (the institution of the royal family) had said they didn’t want Archie to have a title. Archie is the couple’s first son.
Protocol Changed for Prince Harry and Megan Markle’s First Child, Will It Be Different for the Second?
The Duchess of Sussex also revealed that while she was pregnant with her first child, “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,” said Meghan. “This went on for the last few months of our pregnancy where I was going, “hold on for a second.”
Meghan explained that she was very concerned for her child’s safety. “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 so 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, 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.”
With how things are now, Archie was eligible to use his father’s subsidiary title, the Earl of Dumbarton. And if Prince Charles became King, the boy’s title would become Prince automatically. However, Meghan said, “Even with that convention [that automatically makes all grandchildren of the monarch a prince or princess], they said, ‘I want to change the convention for Archie.’ Well, why?”
If No Title Was Wanted for Archie, What Does That Mean for Future Children?
If there’s truth in the idea that the royal family didn’t want Archie to have a title, then it can be assumed that they may apply the same thought to any of the Sussexes’ future children. Raising Royalty author and royal historian Carolyn Harris spoke with Town&Country, saying, “As a younger child of the Duke of Sussex, the new baby would normally have the title of Lord or Lady.”
However, since the second child isn’t likely to have a title, “the new baby will be Master or Miss ‘First and Middle Name’ Mountbatten-Windsor.” The surname would honor both the Queen and Prince Philip’s lineages and was used at first for Archie.
If Prince Charles ascends the throne, both of the children will no longer just be the great-grandchildren of the reigning monarch and will become eligible for HRH titles. For example, Archie would become His Royal Highness Prince Archie.