Meghan Markle’s momentous interview with Oprah raised a lot of questions marks on the British Royal Family. The allegations of racism and denial of counsel for her deteriorating mental health made many question the legitimacy of the monarchs and whether Britain needed them in the 21st Century. However, one of her claims about her son Archie’s Royal Title may have been wrong.
Meghan Markle could have been wrong about Archie’s title, argues her biographer
In the interview, the Duchess of Sussex complained that it felt “different from protocol” for her son Archie to not receive the title “prince” when he was born. Markle suggested that there could be some ulterior motive behind this move by the Royal Family. Furthermore, these claims by Markle came with the revelation that someone from within the Palace had “concerns and conversations about how dark [Archie’s] skin might be when he’s born”. She continued:
They were saying they didn’t want him to be a prince or princess, not knowing what the gender would be, which would be different from protocol and that he wasn’t going to receive security.
However, her own biographer Omid Scobie is now disagreeing with her claims. Scobie, who is also a Royal Family expert, spoke about how Markle was mistaken in the new Discovery+ documentary Harry and Meghan: Recollections May Vary. He said:
If we are only going by what Meghan said to Oprah and what the palace has 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.
During this conversation, Scobie was quite careful with her words. She gave both Meghan Markle and the Palace benefit of doubt, saying the jury is still out on Archie’s title.
A report also disputes her claims
Moreover, The Independent also published a report, where they disputed with Meghan Markle over her claims about Archie. They gave examples of precedents that could have impacted the Royal Family’s decisions. Back in 1917, King George V declared that only the offspring of the monarch in the direct line of succession was entitled to the title of prince, princess, as well as “his royal highness” or “her royal highness” (HRH).
That said, Meghan Markle could have been referring to the Letters Patent that Queen Elizabeth II published in 2012. In it, the Queen declared that all of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s children would be entitled to the titles of prince, princess, and HRH. However, that declaration did not refer to Prince Harry, who at the time was a bachelor.
The only way Archie could get the title is when Prince Charles becomes the King, as then he would be a direct grandchild of a monarch. But Markle implied that this wasn’t the case. In her own words, she said:
They want to change the convention for Archie.
Meghan Markle is currently pregnant with a second child and is likely due in the coming months.