LIFESTYLE

Meghan Markle Does Not Have To Bow To William And Kate's Children, But Her Son Archie Does

Date July 25, 2019 12:42

The rules and traditions in the British monarchy have been existing for several decades. So even though the modern royals look quite different today, they still have to uphold certain conducts regarding how they relate to each other.

Archie's lack of title

The children of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been introduced to the world along with their official royal titles. We have Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.

So when Prince William's brother, Harry, introduced his own son, there was a major difference. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex chose not to give their first son an official royal title. Hence, they revealed his name to the public as Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

How does this make Archie different from his cousins?

Bowing expectations

Meghan has been slammed on social media for not using the HRH title when referring to the Cambridge children. Some people feel that she should show them more respect because George, Charlotte, and Louis are on a higher level of the hierarchy.

As it turned out, it's not essential for the Duchess of Sussex to use the children's title when referring to them nor does she have to bow to them. And it's all because of their titles.

While speaking to Express, The Royal Butler explained that only those without the HRH title must bow. So since Meghan is officially known as HRH Meghan Duchess of Sussex, it's not necessary for her to bow to other royal family members.

However, the same is not true for Archie who wasn't given the title. Without it, Archie and any future children of the Duke of Sussex will be expected to bow or curtsy to George, Charlotte, and Louis.

But then, we must keep in mind that the members of the British royal family aren't always sticklers to the rules. Despite their official titles, it has been reported that they often refer to each other by their first names of “Auntie”, “Uncle” etc like any British family.

Speaking of titles...

As it turns out, titles don't necessarily have to be what you're born with when it comes to the royals. Prince Charles, for example, is known as the Prince of Wales. But when he becomes the King of England, Prince William might go from being the Duke of Cambridge to taking over his dad's former title as Prince of Wales.

As his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge may then become the Princess of Wales, a title which was once held by Princess Diana.

In summary, these titles aren't exactly set in stone and it's largely up to each royal family member whether or not to adopt some of the perks that theirs come with.