Last March, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle gave a shocking interview to Oprah Winfrey. The Duchess of Sussex says her son Archie was not given the rank of prince at birth due to a change in protocol. She also hinted that this decision was influenced by her son’s skin color. A new documentary from Discovery +, Harry and Meghan: Recollections may Vary, claims this story is more complex than it looks.
During the interview with CBS in March, the former actress confides that she is not attached to the official titles. Only, not having a title means for Archie that he will not have his own security service if he is not a prince. The Duchess of Sussex points out that she and the Duke of Sussex did not have control over this decision.
“The King George V Convention”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor was barred from being a prince at birth under a protocol that has been in place for more than a century. It was King George V who issued this order in 1917. Clearly, the order states that only the royal child in direct line of succession has the right to be named prince and receive the title of HRH.
According to these rules, only the eldest son of Prince William and Kate Middleton, Prince George, was initially entitled to hold the title of prince. The reason being that he is the great grandson of the monarch in direct line for the succession to the throne. It was the Queen who intervened before George was born in 2013 so that his siblings could have the same title as him. Also under these rules, Archie will have the right to be an HRH once Prince Charles takes the throne.
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