Will Meghan And Harry’s Son Have To Bow To His Cousins George, Charlotte, And Louis?

May 9, 2019 18:00

As soon as Meghan Markle was announced to be pregnant, her unborn baby has become one of the most discussed kids on the planet. People wondered who the Duchess was expecting, a boy or girl. They even placed bets on possible names, suggested what his title will be, and what surname he could have.

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The long-awaited child was born on May 6, just a couple of weeks before the first anniversary of Meghan and Harry’s wedding. Since then, the Sussexes have already managed to surprise their fans a few times.

First, no one knew until recently where the baby was supposed to be born – at home or in the hospital. Secondly, Meghan refused to have photos taken on her son's day of birth like Princess Diana and Kate Middleton did, which had already become a tradition. Finally, all the assumptions about the child’s name turned out to be wrong. The parents named the boy Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, although it was assumed that he would be Earl of Dumbarton.

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Such a decision could be the result of Harry’s strong affection for his grandfather, Prince Philip. It was believed that in the first years of marriage with Elizabeth II, he was upset that he was almost the only man who had no right to give his name to descendants. That is why, all children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh have a double surname.

Moreover, the baby is still a “commoner” because he doesn’t have a title yet. Kate and William’s children are princes and princess thanks to their great-grandmother. She has signed an official document confirming that all William’s heirs are born already with titles.

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There were suggestions that Harry and Meghan could refuse to do this to provide the child with an ordinary life.

Since the boy's cousins are princes and princesses, it is obvious to ask the question: how strict will the rules of court etiquette be between them? Probably, while they are children, the norms of behavior won’t be too severe, but in the future, Archie will be obliged to bow to George, Charlotte, and Louis as titled individuals, even though they are his cousins.

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The situation may change if Elizabeth II – or Charles, when he ascends the throne – also grants Archie a title.

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The centuries-old traditions, still preserved in the British royal family, sometimes seem strange, but the protocol is unshakable. Do you think Archie will feel like he was robbed when he grows up? Share your assumptions in the comments.