Meghan Markle ‘may have got royal protocol over son Archie’s title wrong’, friend admits

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Meghan Markle may have got the royal protocol around her son Archie’s title “wrong”, her friend Omid Scobie has claimed.

The Duchess of Sussex, 39, claimed in her interview with Oprah Winfrey that her son Archie was entitled to a royal title, but the protocol was changed shortly before his birth.

Speaking in the explosive programme, Meghan claimed that she was told Archie would not be given the title of Prince or Princess and would not be offered security.

She told Oprah, 67, during the chat: “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.

“This went on for the last few months of our pregnancy where I was going, hold on for a second.”

Meghan, who is said to have privately congratulated William and Kate on their wedding anniversary, added: “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.”

Meghan explained that while the “grandeur around this stuff is not really important to me”, she felt that if he needed to title to “be safe” she wanted him to have one.


However, royal historians have since claimed that Archie is not entitled to be a Prince or Princess.

Royal historian Carolyn Harris told Town and Country Mag: “Archie will be able to use the title of HRH Prince when Charles becomes King.”

She added: “But it is possible that he will not use this title. Archie will not be able to pass the title of Prince or Princess to his children as they will be another generation removed from the sovereign, but the title of Duke of Sussex will pass to Prince Harry's male line descendants.”

Following the response to Meghan’s claims in the documentary her friend and biographer Omid Scobie has since admitted the Duchess may have got it wrong.

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Speaking on Discovery+’s new documentary Harry and Meghan: Recollections May Vary, Omid explained: “If we are only going by what Meghan said to Oprah and what the palace have said so far about the situation with Archie, perhaps one can assume that Meghan was wrong in her interpretation of it.

“But we also know that there is much more to this story that we don't know about.”

Meanwhile it was also claimed that Meghan and Prince Harry, who is said to be regretful and embarrassed about the Oprah interview, could have taken advantage of a long-standing tradition which allowed their son to become Earl of Dumbarton.

Royal expert Antonio Caprarica told Rolling Stones Italia: “Not all of Elizabeth's direct grandchildren have the princely title.

“Little Archie has a courtesy title as Earl of Dumbarton, but he is not a prince for the simple reason that only those of direct succession to the throne are princes: Charles, William and William's sons.”

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