WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- With the many courtesy titles that parents Meghan Markle and Prince Harry can give to their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex decided not to assign any royal title yet.
- However, later on when he bequeaths the dukedom, Archie will inherit his father’s title as tradition dictates.
- It is the Queen who has the power to decide on royal titles which can only be assigned to a monarch’s grandchildren through sons.
While Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor made his debut to the world on Wednesday, his parents — Meghan Markle and Prince Harry — have chosen not to give him a royal title.
A royal source tells PEOPLE that even though there are a number of courtesy titles that Their Royal Highnesses could choose for their son, they opted not to give him one at this time.
On their wedding day, Harry and Meghan were given the title Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and sources say that for the eldest son of a duke, it is traditional for them to eventually inherit his father’s title. Later on, before he inherits the dukedom, Archie could be given the second Sussex title.
Queen Elizabeth decides on the royal titles. Prince George was officially named His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge after his birth in 2013. His sister Charlotte was named Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge while his younger brother Louis was named His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge.
Prince Andrew’s daughters, Beatrice and Eugenie, were granted the titles of “princess” as requested by Prince Andrew to the Queen. He denied in 2016 of claims that he demanded titles for any “future husbands” of his daughters.
However, after their royal wedding in October, Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank did not receive any titles which mean no titles will be inherited by their future children.
Since titles can only be given to a monarch’s grandchildren in the male line, Princess Anne’s children — Peter and Zara — were not given royal status by birth. But the Queen extended courtesy titles to Anne’s children, which she turned down. Their father, Captain Mark Phillips, who was a commoner also declined to accept a title that was supposed to be the Queen’s wedding gift to him.
In 2015, Anne’s daughter, Zara Tindall said that she felt very grateful that her parents chose not to use the title, because they grew up being able to do all the things that opportunities can give.